From time to time, someone will contact me, asking if I would be willing to share/write a guest blog. This is one of those times! I highly agree with Roberto's information, especially since many of us know people who have been exposed to asbestos over their lifetime. If you have any questions, please reach out to him - his information is at the end of the blog.
"A cancer diagnosis can change your life in many ways. From the second you leave the doctor’s office you’ll have to navigate decisions regarding your care and personal life, as well as tough conversations with friends and family.
Throughout this process you also want to maintain your power and sense of agency in regard to decision-making. Self-advocacy for cancer patients can mean anything from switching doctors if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe to attending support groups to meeting other people going through the same thing you are.
Mesothelioma patients can take self-advocacy even further. Those exposed to asbestos may be entitled to financial compensation and can advocate for themselves by pursuing legal options.
Here are several ways cancer patients can advocate for themselves. It’s important to advocate for yourself throughout your diagnosis and treatment.
- Ask Questions: Some patients may become worried that they don’t have enough information.
- Choose Your Doctor Carefully: You want to make sure you trust your care team and feel comfortable discussing your concerns.
- Ask for Help From Loved Ones: You can’t navigate a cancer diagnosis and treatment alone. Your loved ones will want to be there for you.
- Learn About Your Diagnosis: You can advocate for yourself by taking the time to understand what’s happening to your body. Also take steps to learn about your prognosis so you can make the necessary plans.
- Communicate Your Needs and Feelings: Communicate your needs openly, honestly and fairly to avoid conflict while ensuring you feel supported throughout this process. "
For more information contact Roberto Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.