Mesothelioma Support

Who Can Help?

Counselors

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Local Ministers
  • Hospital Chaplains
  • Social Workers
  • Social Services (for example, meals on wheels; home help)

See also Counselors, Clergy & Social Support Networks for more information.

Attorneys

  • Lawyers can provide assistance in recovering compensation for you and your family from the asbestos industry. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos.
  • Call 1-844-524-7778 to obtain additional information on how you can receive information on obtaining compensation from the asbestos industry.
  • Lawyers can also assist in the drafting of a will, health care powers of attorney, and other legal documents for those who are sick.

Financial Advisors

Financial Planners are experts on personal finance issues and may be able to help in structuring your finances in the best possible way.

Counselors, Clergy and Social Support Networks

Counseling can mean a lot of different things to different people. We use the term to mean obtain mesothelioma support by talking to a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or religious leader. These people can play an important part in providing mesothelioma support for the care of a mesothelioma patient.

Mesothelioma support groups, counseling, meeting with a psychologist, social worker, or chaplain can all play an important part in the care of a mesothelioma patient. Major mesothelioma hospitals have these services available.

Advantages

There are many times in our lives when each of us needs someone to listen to us. This is basically what counseling about: someone to listen to you. Feeling as if you are being heard properly can be very important if you have mesothelioma. You may be feeling a bit lost amongst all the mesothelioma treatments and doctors' appointments. And you are probably finding it difficult to deal with being diagnosed with mesothelioma.

If you are a relative of someone with mesothelioma, you probably could use some time thinking about yourself in the midst of everything else. You are bound to have emotions of your own to deal with. In the long run, it will help you to help your relative more effectively.

Of course, many of us have people, such as family and friends who already listen to our worries and problems. But often this is not enough. Sometimes, it is easier to talk to someone who does may not know you quite as well. The more serious the things you have to discuss, the more likely this is to be true.

There are several advantages to talking to a counselor who can provide mesothelioma support who is outside your immediate circle of family and friends.

  • You will not have to worry about upsetting them.
  • They will not judge you or what you have done.
  • You may find it easier to sort out and talk about your deepest feelings.
  • Everything you say will be confidential. Your counselor won't tell anyone else.
  • They will not say what they think you want to hear.

But there are some things you may be used to getting from family and friends that you will not get from a counselor:

  • Ready made solutions to your problems - "If I were you I'd... "
  • Opinions about you, other people or their actions - "Well I don't think he should have... "
  • More talking and less Listening

What Will a Good Mesothelioma Support Counselor Do?

  • Listen properly to what you are saying.
  • Not interrupt you.
  • Help you sort out and untangle your feelings and worries.
  • Provide you with insight into how you really think and feel.
  • Help you express your emotions in your own way.
  • Help you work out your own solutions to problems.
  • Help you accept what cannot be changed.
  • Help and support you while you do all this.

Participating in counseling can be a very positive experience for many people. True, it does sound a bit daunting and can even be challenging at times. But it is a real luxury in our fast moving world to have an hour every week devoted to you - some time to spend thinking about how you feel and about what you want, as well as visiting with another person who is sympathetic to you and concentrates on really taking in what you are saying. You can say whatever you like and it will stay between you and your counselor.

One of the important things to remember is that going to see a counselor:

  • Is not a sign of weakness
  • Does not mean that you can't cope
  • Doesn't mean you are "cracking up" or "going mad"

How to Find a Mesothelioma Support Counselor

Some cancer centers employ counselors; others may have psychologists or psychiatrists working there. Most have a chaplain or clergy associated with the hospital. Do investigate what is already available before looking elsewhere.

Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm discusses friendship with clients.