Living with a mesothelioma diagnosis can be a daunting experience, and it can be difficult to know where to turn for support. This is something I have experienced first-hand, having been diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017. After receiving my diagnosis, I had a lot of questions, and I was unsure of how to find the answers I needed. In this article, I want to share some of the resources I have found that have helped me cope with my diagnosis and provided me with the support I needed.
The first place I looked for support was my local cancer center. I was able to meet with a cancer specialist who was able to answer my questions and provide me with more information about mesothelioma. I was also able to find support groups in my area that were specifically for mesothelioma patients. These groups allowed me to connect with other people who were going through similar experiences, and provided a safe space to discuss our feelings and experiences.
I also found online resources to be helpful. There are several online forums and support groups specifically for mesothelioma patients. These forums allowed me to connect with other patients, and they provided me with a wealth of information about mesothelioma treatment options and research. Additionally, I was able to find information about financial assistance programs and resources for mesothelioma patients.
The last source of support I found was my family and friends. I was lucky to have a strong support system who were willing to listen and provide me with emotional and practical support. This was invaluable to me, as it allowed me to process my emotions and get through the difficult times.
Finding support after a mesothelioma diagnosis can be a difficult process, but it is possible. I was able to find support from my local cancer center, online resources, and my family and friends. This support has been essential in helping me cope with my diagnosis and find the best treatment options for me.