Many times and in many situations in life, you are your biggest advocate. No one knows you better. No one understands your needs more clearly. In a fight with mesothelioma, the patient themselves with their loved ones are their greatest, most aggressive supporters.
When facing a diagnosis with any kind of illness, it’s important to recognize the importance of knowledge. The more you learn about the disease, the more equipped you are to battle it effectively. Doctors and medical staff will present you with a lot of information and the latest research and statistics. Figuring out what to do with it is up to you.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with medical jargon that sounds like another language. Take the time to ask questions and research what it really means in everyday terms. Once you’ve deciphered a little about what it all means, dig deeper. Weigh all your options and decide what is best for you personally.
You will get a lot of differing opinions and advice about the best courses of treatment. Remember, no one can force you into doing anything that you aren’t 100% comfortable with. Pray about it and stand up for yourself. Do what you know is best for you and your health.
If you are a family member, help your loved one sort through all the material, facts, and figures and support them in whatever they decide. Sometimes, you might need to use a little tough love to help them, but it will be worth it in the end. Be sure not to lose faith and place everything in God’s hands.