Handle With Care – When Someone You Love Has A Terminal Illness
If you ever received the news of someone you love having a diagnosis of a terminal illness your life will change forever. It’s something that we all have to go through, and although it isn’t pleasant, we still need to live our lives as best as we can. And here are a few nuggets of information on how to get through these hard times.
Try to live your life as normally as you can
It’s very easy to be overwhelmed and overcome if someone very close to you has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, but by sitting at home with the curtains drawn dwelling on the subject is not healthy for you and it’s not healthy for the person that you should be supporting through this tough time. Depending on the nature of the illness, it could mean a severely impacted life. So it’s likely they won’t be able to do the things they could normally do without much help, but if, for example, they liked going to the beach and swimming in the sea, but they now have limited mobility it doesn’t stop you going to the beach to enjoy the atmosphere. It’s surprising that the simplest things might hold the most precious memories.
Research the illness
This could be something that would benefit you especially if you intend to care for the person who is afflicted with the illness. Much like when you care for an elderly relative, there is always help available regardless of the illness. Whether it is a congenital heart defect, asbestos poisoning (also known as mesothelioma), or cancer, it’s surprising how much useful resources there are on the Internet about dealing with specific illnesses. And with something like peritoneal mesothelioma you can get a lot of useful information on the symptoms and how the illness develops. While it might not be something for everybody, for some people, getting a handle on the illness means you could care for that person better. There was a story of a woman whose mother was diagnosed with cancer and was only given a short time to live, and she did various research into that specific type of cancer and hit upon some information which saved her mother’s life. It’s worth bearing that in mind.
Laugh… a lot!
You might not feel like laughing sometimes, if at all, but it’s important to not force humor upon a situation like this but to make the most of this unfortunate situation. It is of course much easier to be in denial and to feel gloomy about the situation, but this will deny you a lot of wonderful and beautiful memories that you will treasure long after your loved one has gone. And when your loved one has gone, it won’t be the illness that you will remember, it won’t be how horrible you felt at the time, it will be all the joyous occasions that you shared from before the illness, and during the illness. These will be the things you will treasure for the rest of your life.