Caregiving Tips for Helping a Loved One Through Mesothelioma Treatment
A mesothelioma diagnosis can be difficult for both your loved one and their family because they need to navigate this new disease and how to continue life from there. As their loved one, there are things you can do to help ease their lives and make them more comfortable while going through treatments and trying to recover. If they were diagnosed in late stages, there are ways you can support them through the end of their lives as well.
When you and your family are struggling to make sense of a mesothelioma diagnosis and determine that it was from asbestos exposure that was caused by another party, then you should fight to recover what you deserve from their actions. A mesothelioma lawyer from Frost Law Firm can help you get full and fair compensation for your damages.
Since this rare cancer is usually diagnosed in late stages with short life expectancies and a grim prognosis, it can be especially difficult to care for your loved one with mesothelioma. Here are some caregiving tips for helping your loved one through mesothelioma treatment so that you can be there for them as best as you can.
Create a Support System for Their Emotional Health
Their physical health is important to help manage, but you’ll also want to ensure they have a support system so that their emotional health is also maintained. This diagnosis is difficult to deal with emotionally and can lead to your loved one feeling isolated and depressed. With your help and knowing that they have people there for them, they can feel fully supported and know that if they are having trouble emotionally that they can reach out to you for help.
Sometimes the emotional and mental help they need is out of your realm, though. When you aren’t capable of the support they need, a counselor can be of great help for a mesothelioma patient. There are mesothelioma support groups and counselors who can help your loved one process their diagnosis and the feelings surrounding it as well as provide them with emotional support throughout their treatment.
Support groups also exist for caregivers so that they can better understand what their loved one is going through, meet others who are going through the same thing, and so that they can learn how to more effectively be there for their loved one with mesothelioma.
All of these aspects of their support system come together to help with mental health, and they all contribute to suicide prevention. However, there’s only so much you can do for a person if they’re feeling suicidal—that’s where professional help comes in. If they’re feeling suicidal, the suicide hotline is a resource that could be lifesaving.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is toll free. The number is 1-800-273-8255, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They also have a Crisis Text Line for emotional support. You can text HELLO to 741741 to speak to a trained professional at any time of the day. Both services are free and confidential.
Help Them Consider All of Their Treatment Options
Even though any stage diagnosis of mesothelioma can mean that your loved one only has a year or so to live, it’s important to help them consider all of their treatment options. If they could undergo surgery, get chemotherapy, or go through radiation treatment. They could be having trouble speaking with their doctor because of the shock of their diagnosis, which is why it could help to have you there to discuss treatment options—you’ll be able to take notes and help them consider all of their options moving forward.
Focus on Their Lung Health
Mesothelioma predominantly affects the lungs. That’s why you loved one’s lung health will be the most important aspect to monitor to keep them as healthy as possible. The symptoms of the cancer will likely make it harder to breathe for your loved one, which is why you’ll want to make sure that their lungs are as healthy as possible, and they aren’t exposed to pulmonary illnesses. There are some lung treatments that mesothelioma patients can undergo to improve their lung function and help them breathe more easily.
Manage Symptoms and Treatment Side Effects
Along with helping their lung health and making sure that they are as healthy as possible, you can help them manage their symptoms and treatment side effects so that they can be more comfortable in their daily lives. Mesothelioma can make it harder for a person to breathe, or cause pains in their chest. Some of their treatments could also cause side effects like pain, nausea, or general weakness.
A Mesothelioma Lawyer Can Help
Your loved one is likely going through a difficult time in coping with their illness and trying to figure out how they are going to continue to support themselves and their family. That’s why it’s essential that you’re there for them during this hard time in their lives. If their mesothelioma was caused by someone else wrongfully exposing them to asbestos, then they could be eligible to get compensation for their damages.
At Frost Law Firm, PC, we know that this is a vulnerable time in your loved one’s life, which is why our mesothelioma lawyer will handle the legal side of things for them. We’ll determine who was at fault for their exposure, exactly what caused their cancer, and what they can recover in financial compensation for their damages. Contact us today so we can get started helping you and your family.