Receiving news of a mesothelioma diagnosis is one of the most devastating feelings. Although you may feel alone during this time, there are many forms of emotional and financial support you can seek to help make this process go a bit smoother. Here are some resources a mesothelioma patient can look to during this challenging period.
Mental & Emotional
Your mental and emotional needs should be taken just as seriously as your medical needs. If you’re unsure where to start, here are some of our recommendations:
Consider speaking with a professional counselor who can help you understand your situation and cope with the depression, fear, and anxiety you may be feeling at this time. Some signs of depression to look out for are:
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Prolonged sadness
- Extreme weight loss or gain
- Insomnia or restlessness
We also recommend joining a support group, whether it’s a group of a few family members or a group of complete strangers going through the same thing. Mesothelioma.com has an extensive list of support groups that you are able to find locally or nationally.
How We Can Help
Focusing on recovering while not having the funds to do so is unethical. While there are charities and government assistance programs that can help minimize the costs of treatment and lost wages, they may not cover your expenses completely.
If you were negligently exposed to asbestos, you might be able to hold them liable for your diagnosis by filing a claim. We understand that at this time you may be hesitant to move forward with a lawsuit as they sound time-consuming, but just know that we’re here to handle all the heavy work.