- Diagnosis & Prognosis
- Support & Community
By Beth W. Prassel
If you’re a mesothelioma survivor, you are in the unique position of being able to encourage other patients. You can make a significant difference in someone else’s life by demonstrating that it is possible to have mesothelioma and survive.
World-renowned mesothelioma specialist, Dr. David Sugarbaker, has said, “The fact that someone has gone through it, done it, speaks louder to patients than anything I or other so-called experts could say.”
Australian Paul Kraus is the longest-living survivor of mesothelioma. In the introduction of his book, Surviving Mesothelioma and Other Cancers: A Patient’s Guide, he writes, “I spend a great deal of time trying to assist others who find themselves in my predicament.”
Clearly, when you participate in these or similar activities, other mesothelioma patients will benefit. But you’ll also reap benefits.
Intentional efforts to encourage others can contribute to a positive attitude, which, in turn, fuels your own health and longevity. Many scientists and doctors, including those at the Mayo Clinic, agree that positive thinking plays a significant role in physical well-being.
One report links the progression of mesothelioma directly to a weakened immune system. In a recent article, Dr. Joseph Mercola cites a study which shows that positive interactions with others may strengthen your immune system. So, your efforts to bring hope to others may support your body’s continuing fight against mesothelioma.
No matter what method of support you choose, your interaction with others can become part of their healing process — and an integral part of your own.
Encouragement has become part of Kraus’ “journey of healing,” which, he says, revealed much about “living a more fulfilling and joyous life.” Let your encouragement of others be a part of your journey, as well.