Today, many people across the country are celebrating the holiday season with family and friends. Mesothelioma patients and their families are more than likely taking a little extra time to appreciate the simple pleasures of the day. Whether it is enjoying the lights of the season, a light snow falling, a fire in the fireplace or the bite of a delicious cookie, taking the time to “smell the roses” can ease some of the stress of the season.
Although, when undergoing treatment for mesothelioma, the appointments don’t stop during the holiday season, patients that take the time to forget about their disease for just a day will feel a little more relaxed when they return to their treatment routine.
If you have a friend or a loved one suffering from a serious illness, consider taking the time to send a hand-written card, deliver a homemade treat or simply stop by for a short visit to let them know you are thinking of them.
While many factors determine survival for a mesothelioma patient, such as treatment plan and overall health and fitness of the patient, physicians also believe that a positive outlook and affirming thoughts can result in the improvement in a patient’s health. Mesothelioma patients should use the holiday cheer to help raise their mood and lower their anxiety level.