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Medical Support for Veterans with Mesothelioma

A diagnosis of cancer is disheartening for thousands of veterans with mesothelioma. People who risked their lives for our country are also devastated to find out that while doing so they were exposed to asbestos which has led to this deadly diagnosis. This is certainly tough to swallow but regardless of how the cancer developed, receiving the correct medical treatment for your individual...

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Emotional Side Effects: Panic Attacks

It’s natural and normal (and common) for patients with mesothelioma and other cancers to experience heightened fear and anxiety. Some patients feel anxiety because they fear treatment, are nervous about doctor visits, or are frightened about receiving negative test results. Others become fearful at the thought of pain, dying, or what will happen after they die, including what may happen to their...

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What is an Advance Directive?

When a person has a serious or life-threatening illness, it’s vitally important that he or she makes his intentions and wishes clear and documented. This can be achieved through an advance directive. There are two main types of advanced directive: a living will and a power of attorney. In a living well, a person can leave detailed instructions about his or her preferences when it comes to...

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Talking to Kids about Cancer

A cancer diagnosis doesn’t just affect the patient: it has a profound effect on the entire family. Adults have years of experience and basic knowledge of cancer that can help give them perspective, but the ideas of cancer and especially mortality can be very difficult for children to grasp. If your family is dealing with the recent news of a cancer diagnosis, you may be wondering how to discuss...

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Talking to Children about Death

The average mesothelioma patient is 65 years old, so it’s natural to assume that many mesothelioma patients are grandparents. Quite often, a child’s first experience with death is the passing of a grandparent. Topics like death and mortality can be difficult to comprehend at any age, and especially so for children. In this article, you will learn about some ways to handle the questions and...

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How to Find a Faith-Based Resource for Caregivers

As a caregiver, you need all the support you can get. You should be turning to friends and family regularly for compassion and support, but what about faith-based organizations? There are endless resources available through churches, synagogues, mosques, and even non-denominational faith centers. Read on if you are interested in learning how to connect with another support system that may help...

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