(PRWEB) May 01, 2013
Patients and survivors of mesothelioma, their family members and caregivers have a new place to talk and learn from one another.
The Mesothelioma Center introduces its first mesothelioma support group, one that will provide ongoing help, ideas and counseling for those who need it. The first group meeting will be May 8, via webinar. Anyone looking to participate can either phone in or join the group online. After recognizing a need for mesothelioma survivors, patients, family members and caregivers to be able to talk freely with others in the same position regarding this rare disease, Patient Advocate and registered nurse Karen Selby organized a support group.
This support group will meet once a month and will be facilitated by clinical psychologist Dana Nolan. Nolan has a background in counseling patients and families as they cope with health issues like cancer.
"As a support group facilitator, I always enjoy helping patients and their loves ones connect with others who share their diagnosis," Nolan said. "It seems there is nothing as reassuring and comforting as talking to someone who has been where you are."
Those that wish to participate can visit the Support Group page to register. Only mesothelioma patients, survivors, family members and caregivers may attend.
Each support group session will last about an hour. Each session will have a new topic, which Nolan will direct based off of conversations and issues brought up by participants in previous meetings. This way the support group tackles topics that are the most relevant for those involved. The topic for the first session is “Riding the Roller Coaster of Emotions Without Falling Off: Coping with Your Emotions When You Have Mesothelioma.”
While there are topics for each session, they are not used to steer the conversation but will give the discussion a starting point. There are no set expectations or structure in place. This support group was built to be whatever the attendees need it to be and will adjust accordingly.
About The Mesothelioma Center: We are an advocacy group that provides vital services and free resources for patients and families affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Free services including providing free literature on asbestos and related diseases, providing access to our on-staff nurse, matching patients up with qualified doctors in their area, helping veterans receive VA benefits for asbestos diseases, and most recently, managing a support group for asbestos victims and their families.
About Asbestos.com: Our website is dedicated to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information about mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases as well as treatment options. We also highlight the success stories of those who come into contact with asbestos diseases: doctors who make advancements in treatment and survivors who provide insight and hope to others.