Finding out that you have mesothelioma can be devastating news. Fear immediately runs through you, along with confusion, anger, guilt, hopelessness, anxiety, and more. Everyone handles their emotions in a different way.

This diagnosis not only affects you, but your family, caregivers, and friends as well. This can add to the negative feelings you may already have after being diagnosed.

What I tell all patients is to focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t do. One can choose to have a positive attitude with which to face this type of cancer.

Here are some strategies to help cope with mesothelioma:

Focus on Words of Hope – read stories about survivors and the interventions they took to overcome their battle with mesothelioma. Our Survivor’s Guide shares stories of those who have outlived their prognosis, bringing hope and comfort to the newly diagnosed.

Join a Support Group – being able to connect with other patients or caregivers going through this diagnosis proves you are not alone. Through support groups, you can gain emotional support and learn new ways of dealing with particular issues. If your faith is important to you, look into finding a prayer group.

Practice Mindfulness – Take time to relax. Be present and live in the moment. Focus on what you can do. Be thankful.

Plan Ahead – To help reduce stress, it is important to keep the end in mind. Seek out a Social Worker at your local hospital to ask what home health and hospice care agencies they would recommend. Discuss a living will and advance directive.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle – Continue staying physically active and adjusting to how your body responds. Eat healthfully and consult with a dietitian if needed. Continue being passionate about your hobbies.

Rely on Past Coping Strategies – Do what has already worked for you in the past when facing hard times or challenges. Remember to stay flexible. Good coping skills lead to a healthy mental state. Seek counseling if needed.

Ask for Help – You are not a burden. You did not ask for this diagnosis but you can be prepared to answer the question, “How can I help you?”

Seek Out Financial Resources – Cancer can cause financial hardship. Learn what financial resources may be available to you and take action so you can focus on your treatment and recovery.

Surround Yourself with Loved Ones – Your relationship with others who love and support you can add to your well-being and make you feel less lonely. Take comfort in their love and use them to express your emotions.

It is my hope that in practicing some of these techniques, you are able to have the support, energy, and positivity to help fight this disease.

If you need additional information in any of these areas feel free to contact me directly at:
888-385-2024 x102 or jenna@mesotheliomaguide.com.

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    About the Writer, Jenna Campagna, RN

    Jenna Campagna is a registered nurse and patient advocate who is passionate about helping mesothelioma patients navigate their health care. Through her blogs, she aims to simplify the complicated journey through mesothelioma by offering helpful tips and advice.