No one should go through a cancer battle alone.
A person’s world can turn upside down when a doctor says three terrifying words: “You have cancer.” In that very instant, you must begin one of life’s toughest uphill struggles. But it is not a journey you should or have to do alone.
When diagnosed with cancer such as mesothelioma or lung cancer, it’s important to remember that you have people to support you.
Creating a Strong Support System
Whether your support team is made up of doctors and nurses or siblings and children, each and every patient can and should have a strong support system.
Here is a list of several key members of a support team:
- Support group
- Family and friends
Support groups continue to be one of the best avenues for people recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. The benefits of joining a support group are numerous. For example, meeting someone else diagnosed with the same disease that has lived years passed their initial prognosis can provide so much hope and inspiration for someone recently diagnosed.
Given the rarity of some diseases, including mesothelioma, it can be difficult to find others going through a similar battle. Thankfully, there are resources to connect patients with other survivors.
Online support groups make it possible to chat with other survivors around the world without expensive travel costs. In addition, online support communities such as Facebook can help patients ask questions without fear and can provide a safe haven for caregivers to find the support they need.
The Support of and for a Caregiver
Perhaps the most crucial role in a support system is that of a caregiver.
A caregiver plays a key role in the life of a cancer patient. This is the person that helps a patient get through everyday life and helps them cope with the diagnosis. While taking on this job is both selfless and honorable, it is also challenging and overwhelming at times.
In these moments, it is important to remember that caregivers need support too. Whether you are a loved one transitioning to the role of caretaker or a home health aide, it is okay to reach out for help.
There is support available.
Family & Friends Support Each Other
When someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, it hurts.
While your loved one may be the one with cancer, it’s difficult to cope with this type of news. One of the best ways to move forward from this is to talk with your loved one. This time is going to be very challenging for them, so reach out and see how you can help.
Even people who live far away can provide support. As a long-distance caregiver you can help with scheduling appointments and providing an ear to listen. Family and friends are essential to a strong support system.