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There are few things more frightening than a diagnosis of cancer, no matter what type it is. The doctor says the word, your ears begin ringing, your head starts to spin, and your life has been changed in that moment. Your family and friends will be there for you as best they can but they won’t ever be able to understand. That’s why, soon after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should make it a priority to find a mesothelioma support group. The only other people who will really be able to fully understand how you feel are those in the same situation; you need them, and they need you. Not only will the group become a form of emotional support and a safe place for you to share your anger and fear, it will also provide you with many mesothelioma resources. Other people will be better able to translate the doctor’s confusing lingo, facts and figured into sentences that actually make sense. Your best bet for finding a support group is to ask your doctor or call your local hospital. Many hospitals host meetings for various support groups. You may even prefer a more anonymous approach, in which case the internet has many websites, social networking groups and message boards dedicated to mesothelioma support. Participating online allows you to really open up without fear of face-to-face judgment. Whatever the path you choose, you don’t have to do it alone. Find support.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|