The Mesothelioma Support Group - a Lifeline for Asbestos Cancer Patients
Joining a mesothelioma support group is one of the first things you should consider after being diagnosed with asbestos cancer. While these support groups all share a common goal helping patients cope with their illness there are different specific focuses within these groups. Some are primarily focused on providing medical and legal mesothelioma cancer help, while other support groups are geared toward helping the relatives and friends of mesothelioma patients cope with the impact on their lives.
Some mesothelioma cancer support groups are formed by laypeople, such as the surviving families of victims, while others are sponsored and run by hospitals or clinics. While the first is often focused on emotional support, the second one will center more on physical coping. For this reason, many families and mesothelioma patients find that belonging to more than one support group can be very helpful.
Join an Online Mesothelioma Support Group
Although there isnt space here to list all of the links to online support groups available to mesothelioma patients and their families, weve compiled just a few that we feel would be helpful. Some of these are primarily support groups for mesothelioma victims; others have support groups as a sub-division of a complete mesothelioma information website.
Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR)
Cancer Survivors Network (a division of the American Cancer Society)
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
National Cancer Institute (a division of the National Institutes of Health)
Cancer Care - Free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer.
Local Support Groups
The above support groups online are a good starting point. You should also talk to specialists in your area about the availability of local mesothelioma and asbestosis support groups since attending these will give you some personal contact with others in your situation.
As your illness progresses, however, or during those long nights when you just cant sleep, online support groups can be invaluable. They are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and some even have chat rooms where you can talk to other patients about mesothelioma.
There is no reason to try to handle this difficult time in your life alone. Becoming a member of a mesothelioma support group means getting the understanding and information you need and in the process you may be able to help others as well!
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