Coping With a Mesothelioma
Diagnosis or Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer
Your job description never said anything about the health risks associated with asbestos, nor did it require you to inhale those small deadly fibers into your lungs. You did your job, but now you are suffering from mesothelioma or another type of asbestos-related disease because of it.
The source? It could have been the drywall you used to install. It could have been the boiler insulation you worked with in the shipyards. It could have come from working near people who were cutting and grinding pipe gaskets.
Or, you might have lived with someone who worked in a high-risk occupation and then carried asbestos fibers into the home on their clothes.
Whenever or however you were exposed, the most important concerns right now are your health and your quality of life.
Because your life, the diagnosis you've been given, how you feel about it and how it's affecting you and your family are unique — there isn't anyone who can tell you exactly what to do or how to cope from here on in. That said, many people diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma have found some coping strategies to be more helpful than others.
Two strategies, in particular, predominate:
- Stay focused on the present. Being angry or depressed about what happened, or worrying about what might, won't change anything. What they will do is deprive you of the opportunity to enjoy the time you have left with loved ones.
- Don't go it alone. Help is out there but it won't just come to you. Our lawyers can put you in touch with local support groups and other helpful resources, including books and organizations like the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF). We may even be able to recommend leading physicians in your area.
A Nationwide Resource for People With
Asbestos Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma
St. Louis Area: 618-307-4085 / Toll Free: 888-362-6890
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestos lung cancer or any type of mesothelioma, please call Gori Julian & Associates, P.C. or contact our firm online. An experienced attorney will be available to discuss your potential lawsuit, answer your questions and address any other concerns you may have.