Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can be devastating. A mesothelioma diagnosis can leave you feeling overwhelmed physically, emotionally, and financially. If you have mesothelioma, you may wonder where you can seek help. You've probably heard or read about mesothelioma support groups but aren't sure whether these groups are beneficial.
So, can a mesothelioma support group help you? A mesothelioma support group can help you as a patient. Mesothelioma support groups can also benefit the family members and caregivers of mesothelioma patients. Below, we discuss some of the benefits of mesothelioma support groups and the different types of support groups.
The Benefits of Being Part of a Mesothelioma Support Group
The following are some of the main benefits of joining a mesothelioma support group;
- Emotional support: A mesothelioma support group can help you cope with depression, anxiety, stress, and fatigue. When you are in a support group, not only do you get to share your feelings, but you also get to learn about other people's coping methods, which may work for you too.
- Companionship: When dealing with mesothelioma, feelings of loneliness tend to crop up. A support group can help you know that you are not alone. You can find support and comfort knowing that you are not the only person facing certain challenges.
- Practical information: In a mesothelioma support group, you can, for instance, learn from professionals how to cope with your diagnosis. You can also learn about treatment options through a support group.
- Hope: Seeing mesothelioma survivors can give you a sense of hope. It can help you feel empowered and motivated.
Types of Mesothelioma Support Groups
A mesothelioma diagnosis does not only adversely affect the patient. It also affects other people, like family members and caregivers. Because of this, different types of mesothelioma support groups exist to help every group cope. Below are the different types of mesothelioma support groups;
- Mesothelioma patients: Support groups allow patients to connect, thus reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation. You can meet other mesothelioma patients in person in a local support group. You could also choose a phone-based or online mesothelioma support group.
- Family members: These groups consist of families and loved ones of patients. Families and loved ones of mesothelioma patients face a unique set of challenges, and being able to share these challenges can be quite beneficial.
- Mesothelioma survivors: There are also support groups for survivors. After finishing mesothelioma treatment, people may keep facing physical and emotional challenges. These support groups are meant to help survivors adjust to the new normal and discover coping methods that work for them.
- Veterans: Finally, there are support groups for veterans. It is estimated that, out of the 3,000 people diagnosed with mesothelioma annually, 30% are veterans. The main reason many veterans develop mesothelioma is the military's widespread use of asbestos between the 1930s and early 1980s. Veterans with mesothelioma have unique needs which can be met in these support groups.
Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyers
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment.