Facing the reality of a terminal illness is difficult for both carer and patient. It is a demanding role and is additional to other family or work commitments. There will be so many things to think about.
Many emotions can arise after a diagnosis of mesothelioma or any other asbestos related disease. You may feel in a state of disbelief, angry or grief stricken. It can be overwhelming, especially for a husband, wife, or partner/friend who has suddenly been thrust into the role of carer. There may be a rapid change to routines and responsibilities. It can be tough for family members too.
Spend as much time as you can with your loved one. Enjoy continuing those parts of your normal life which can be maintained and try to have good times without always dwelling on the illness. Talk about the illness whenever you feel the need, and feel able to deal with doing so.
Consider what you need in practical terms to understand the nature of the illness, and provide the care that is needed. It may be information, access to equipment, provision of services, or personal help for yourself to maintain your usual responsibilities.
Information for carers can be found at the following links:
Provides respite support in South and East Country South Australia. Can connect you to local support anywhere in SA and provide information and advice on respite.
Home based services to older people in metropolitan Adelaide.
Palliative Care South Australia
Phone: (08) 8271 1643