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Asking for help caring for a loved one with mesothelioma

It often comes right along with the mesothelioma diagnosis; the sense of commitment to help a loved as they face a rare cancer that comes with a short timeline. You know it will get worse quickly, but there is a lot that is unpredictable since everyone responds to the treatment differently.

When you sign up to care for a loved one, you may sincerely have every intention of doing all that they need until the end. But what happens when you genuinely need help?

Is your home improvement project a danger to your health?

When you own a home, there's no end to the improvement projects you can find to do. Whether it's painting the bathroom or updating the cabinets in the kitchen, there's always something to do to improve it.

If you are looking at your popcorn ceiling and thinking that it might be time to remove or replace it, you will want to do some extra research to make sure you can handle the project safely. As discussed in a previous blog, popcorn ceilings may contain asbestos.

Providing emotional support to someone with mesothelioma

Do you have a loved one who was diagnosed with a terminal illness? Mesothelioma – a fatal disease caused by exposure to asbestos – is often caused by inhaling asbestos fibers at the workplace, a situation that could have been prevented. This can cause a lot of anger toward those who are responsible.

While many people deal with a mesothelioma diagnosis in different ways, you can provide helpful support when they need it the most.

Will there be new approved uses for asbestos?

Recently the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changed its policy on the regulation of asbestos. It now includes it as a substance that is subject to the “significant new use rule” (SNUR). Used in only a few circumstances, the rule creates added oversight for chemicals that might be hazardous.

This change comes as a bit of a surprise, since many were hoping for a ban on the dangerous carcinogen. While there would be additional oversight before any new uses were granted, the important piece of this update is that new uses will allowed again.

What's the tie between the World Trade Center and mesothelioma?

It's been 17 years since the collapse of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately, that's still not long enough for many of the people who were near the World Trade Center that day or in Manhattan during the cleanup period to know if they will eventually develop an asbestos-related illness.

If you were anywhere near the tragedy at the World Trade Center and its aftermath, this is what you need to know:

Does your diet have an impact on your mesothelioma treatment?

Many forms of cancers come with hopes of remission and recovery. Mesothelioma, however, does not. While there are treatments available, there is still no cure and the mortality rate offers little hope for a long life.

When the chances are that slim, making treatments as impactful as possible becomes even more important. One way to make a difference, for better or worse, is through your diet.

Three little-known dangers of asbestos exposure

These days, comprehensive advertising campaigns have helped spread the word about mesothelioma and asbestos. However, there are several other diseases that are also associated with asbestos -- and many people don't realize it.

Here are some of the other diseases that are associated with asbestos exposure:

Protecting your family from asbestos dangers

Most people think asbestos is a thing of the past -- they don't realize that it is still in use today in many industries. Contractors of all sorts often encounter it in old homes that are being purchased for remodel and sale.

Most of the time, you can't tell if there's asbestos in something just by looking at it. Asbestos was used in all sorts of construction materials, from insulation to tiles -- and it's largely safe until it begins to crumble and release its tiny fibers into the air.

Without a wrongful death claim, you may miss something important

When you're suffering from the loss of a loved one, it can be difficult to think about doing anything -- even pursuing a lawsuit over someone else's negligent or reckless actions. You might also be uncomfortable with the idea that others may think you are trying to profit from your family member's death.

However, wrongful death lawsuits aren't remotely about helping someone profit from an unfortunate circumstance. Instead, they serve a few very important functions. Without a wrongful death claim, you may end up facing two very big problems.

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