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November is National Caregivers Month, and the subject of caregiving is one that can’t be discussed enough. This month offers an invaluable opportunity to put the focus on the family and friends who stand by, support, and give unselfishly to Mesothelioma Warriors. They too are Warriors themselves, and need support.
Caring for the Caregiver
It’s crucial for caregivers to feel like they are part of a larger community they can lean on. Being a mental and physical source of strength can be overwhelming, and caregivers need the same support they are so dedicated to giving. These three things can go a long way:
- Take care of yourself. This means staying active, finding ways to unload stress, maintaining regular check-ups with your doctor, and eating well.
- Stay social. One of the worst things you can do is isolate yourself and stay in your caregiving bubble. Keep in contact with friends and other family, even if just by phone.
- And ask them for help. Often times, caregivers need the most help of all. Don’t be afraid to call on friends and family for a hand. Or, seek resources from organizations like the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Of course, seek professional help when needed.
Upcoming Twitter Chat, November 17th
In an effort to strengthen and bring awareness to the mesothelioma community, ADAO will co-host another #AsbestosChat on Twitter. We have seen a wonderful response from the global community as to the importance of connecting and sharing experience, knowledge, and resources. Our next chat will focus on Mesothelioma Warrior caregivers and will cover the following questions:
- What do patients, caregivers and family members need to know about managing treatment?
- What kind of emotional support options are available for mesothelioma patients and caregivers?
- What can a mesothelioma caregiver do to be an advocate for a loved one?
- As a caregiver, what resources have you found to help understand your medical and legal options?
- How can caregivers help to ban asbestos and support research for a cure?
I would love for you to join the conversation and spend this hour reading, tweeting your thoughts and resources, or ask your questions. Details for the chat are as follows:
Who: Hosted by the Asbestos Diseases Awareness Organization and David Cant, Managing Director of Veritas Consulting Safety Services and ADAO, with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance as a guest moderator
When: November 17th, 12:00 pm ET
Where: Follow along at #AsbestosChat on Twitter
As ADAO says, “Sharing Makes Us Stronger.”
Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families
- Request a Free Mesothelioma Treatment Guide
- Connect with Top Mesothelioma Doctors
- Locate the Nearest Comprehensive Cancer Center