‘Exploring Mesothelioma: Living in the Shadow of Malignant Mesothelioma’ is part two of a four-part series that looks at a rare and deadly form of cancer, which primarily attacks victims who were exposed to asbestos—a toxic substance abundantly used to manufacture common household products through the later part of the 20th century.
A mesothelioma diagnosis changes your life in more ways than just one. In an instant, the nature of your hopes, dreams and plans for the future are irrevocably and inherently amended. The coping process ahead is not an easy one, but taking certain steps to maintain your emotional and physical health and protect your family’s future can help you to progress through it.
Malignant mesothelioma casts a shadow over your day-to-day life, but not allowing it to eclipse your entire existence means changing the way that you’re programmed to think about both your illness and about death itself.
It is important to be aware of the power that positive thinking is believed to have in disease management, as credited my many of the world’s most notable mesothelioma “survivors.” Though less than ten percent of patients diagnosed with mesothelioma live past the five-year mark, those who do mostly claim to have done so by utilizing alterative or holistic treatment methods—including the simple act of hope.
It is often said that: “if you believe it, you can achieve it.” In the case of terminal illness, this could not hold more truth. In what is perhaps akin to the well-known placebo effect, it is often observed that those with the most positive outlook on their condition tend to fare the best–even in the most seemingly hopeless scenarios.
This phenomenon may be traceable to the mind-body connection that drives the force behind holistic medicine—the idea that our mental state is profoundly effective of our physiological wellbeing.
In the case of a so-called terminal illness like malignant mesothelioma, it could be possible that the way you think—especially about the illness itself—sometimes determines the difference, or at least widens the gap, between life and death. There have even been clinical trials conducted to investigate the potential mentality-cancer connection.
At the very least, improving your thoughts by focusing on the good and mitigating the bad will likely make the experience of a malignant mesothelioma diagnosis easier to handle. Positive-thinkers are much more apt to enjoy the time that they have and also lay groundwork for their family’s financial security, an important part of the coping process.
One of the single most influential acts towards establishing that future is filing a mesothelioma lawsuit and collecting a resultant settlement award, which can aid in covering treatment costs and establishing a trust for the imminent needs of your loved ones.