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October was Health Literacy Month and November is National Family Caregivers Month. Both of these special months highlight the importance of education, support, and understanding when dealing with or caring for a loved one. When faced with a diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma, understanding of the disease and what to look for helps both the patient and the caregiver. The definition of health literacy from the Affordable Care Act of 2010 is “the degree to which an individual has the [...]

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Rollercoaster Ride
My family and I have been riding the so-called “mesothelioma roller-coaster” for over six years now. The ups and downs of this disease are never-ending and, even though my father has since passed away, they continue. When my Dad was diagnosed, it was instant confusion followed by anger mixed with sadness, anxiety, and grief.  Upon completion of surgery and chemotherapy, it was relief and happiness.  I remember telling my husband after Dad got a report from the doctor that there was no [...]

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Appreciate & Respect Your Father while He's Still Here
For many different reasons, sometimes it’s hard to ask for help.  You don’t know who to ask, you don’t want to impose, you’re embarrassed, or you don’t want to admit that you need the assistance.  These can ring true for anyone, but I’ve found it to be quite prevalent in the mesothelioma community. This group is made up of warriors!  It’s a group of strong, resilient, and let’s face it… sometimes stubborn (and that’s not a bad thing!) people who are steadfast in their fight.  They don’t [...]

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Booksigning of Hope Clark
MesotheliomaHelp is pleased to have author C. Hope Clark as a guest blog writer. Recently, both of Hope’s parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, bringing her daily routine to a screeching halt. Much like mesothelioma caregivers, Hope found that she had to take care of her needs in order to better care for her parents. By C. Hope Clark, Guest Author I’m a novelist, with eight mysteries to my credit. Also, through my educational newsletter at FundsforWriters.com, I’ve motivated [...]

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Mesothelioma Caregiver
One of the most difficult things in life is to see someone you love suffer. Patients who are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, or any cancer or life threatening illness, have a range of emotional ups and downs on their journey. The family member, spouse, partner or friend, that supports them also deals with an enormous emotional burden. According to a statistic from AARP, approximately 44 million Americans provide 37 billion hours of care for their loved ones, whether it be sick, older [...]

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