Recovering from surgery for malignant mesothelioma takes time. For many, recovery does not progress as quickly as they would like. For others, it can feel like it will never happen.
How can the recovering person help their progress? There are many things one can do to enhance recovery. First you must pick specific targets that you would like to improve upon. Write them down, and continually measure with a goal in mind. Measuring and recording your progress is powerful and keeps you on track.
One of the obstacles of recovery is our minds. They can focus us on the negative, drifting to what we want to happen and what we cannot do. The key to success is not to let negativity rule your progress or recovery. Sometimes you just need to move and get the task at hand done.
Recently we chatted with a woman who is recovering from surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma and is feeling paralyzed by recovery. If you were to observe her physical appearance, you would never know she had a major surgery. One may describe her physical appearance as “looking great.” Unfortunately she states just the opposite; she feels washed out, uncomfortable with pain and just cannot seem to move forward. This is despite numerous suggestions, trying to open her mind to other alternatives she implied she would try.
There is no doubt that recovery can be daunting, slow and painful. Noone would deny that recovery is hard. Being open to suggestions and sometimes telling your story and having someone listen to it can be helpful to the recovery process.
The good news is that this has been done by many and it can be done by you. There are countless alternatives which would include professional help. Some people need more than the conventional recovery alternatives. Many Mesothelioma Centers offer holistic options as well. Don’t be afraid to explore other options. Exploring does not commit you to any certain idea and is free. Talk to medical professionals, connect with other patients, and be gentle with yourself and celebrate the progress you have made!