As many of our readers have already come to know, mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer linked to the ingestion of asbestos fibers. While we work diligently to hold businesses and manufacturers accountable for their actions, we never lose sight of the fact that human beings are at the center of our work.
They are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and grandparents, and they come to us from all walks of life. However, they all have two things in common. First they are hardworking individuals who are being struck down by an insidious disease. For most of their lives they were laborers who understood the value of a hard day’s work. Second, they did not ask (or expect) to contract cancer. Mesothelioma is a cancer that develops over time (up to 30 years), so they may have no idea of when they contracted the disease until it is almost too late.
Because of that, many stricken with mesothelioma have to deal with the sudden reality that their lives will be changed forever, and that it will include constant medical treatments and hospital visits.
Despite this reality, a recent HuffingtonPost.com report shed light on how difficult situations bring out the best in people. Essentially, people who you have never met will offer help, and support will emanate from places you never thought of. This goes beyond the kindness an employer may show to allow your spouse to travel to medical treatments, or the well-wishes from family members. Strangely enough, the help may not even come from the people you depend on the most.
Nevertheless, if help is offered, take it.
Source: HuffingtonPost.com, HuffingtonPost.com report, March 6, 2013