Has your loved one just received the devastating news of a mesothelioma diagnosis? You’re probably at a loss as to what to do or how to help them.
This feeling is not uncommon, and it is important not to be too hard on yourself. The starting point of helping your loved one through their diagnosis is simply being there for them.
After a diagnosis, it is often the practical day-to-day tasks that people struggle with, so you can be a big help by thinking from a practical point of view. Your assistance with practical matters will not only ensure that your loved one is cared for, but it will also take a weight off their mind so that they are best placed to try and cope with their diagnosis.
Sometimes, a person trying to process a diagnosis might want to be left on their own. On other occasions, they might simply want to talk to someone or vent their frustrations. This may not always be at conventional times, so it is important to ensure that you are always available. The importance of companionship cannot be overstated, and you can fulfill this role for your loved one.
The simple things go a long way
If your family member has a hospital appointment, then you can accompany them. If they happen to have run out of milk or toiletries, then you can collect some and bring them back. It might not sound much, but carrying out these tasks relieves a lot of pressure. If your loved one is struggling in terms of energy, make an effort to spruce the house up for them.
There are no right and wrong answers in helping a loved one with a mesothelioma diagnosis. What matters is that you are there to offer support. You can also be of assistance by ensuring that the legal rights of your family member are explored in detail.