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Holiday Coping Strategies for Mesothelioma Caregivers

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The holiday season is a time when family and friends gather to observe long-held traditions (not to mention indulge in a smorgasbord of tempting foods). But when your world is turned upside down by mesothelioma or asbestos cancer, the holidays may not hold their usual charm.

As a caregiver for someone with mesothelioma, you may find yourself struggling just to keep up with the daily demands of your loved ones illness–expenses, transportation, physical care and household chores¬. Then along comes the annual onslaught of music, media messages and social activity to tell you how happy you should be at this time of year.

If the stress and pressure of the holiday season fill you with more dread than excitement, you’re not alone. In fact, the notion that everyone is happy during the holidays is simply not true. But while the holidays are hard to ignore, simple coping strategies can help you manage holiday stress and enjoy the season with your loved one. If you and your family are dealing with mesothelioma here are some suggestions that might help.

The holiday season is meant to be a time filled with joy and celebration. But when you’re battling mesothelioma, this can be a particularly challenging time of year. While family and friends exude holiday cheer, you may be experiencing a mix of emotions that make you feel out of sync with the rest of the world. Feelings of happiness and excitement may be clouded by sadness, uncertainty and even anger. When you have mesothelioma or asbestos cancer the hustle and bustle of the season can leave you overwhelmed and physically exhausted.

If you’re finding it hard to get into the holiday spirit this year, know that you’re not alone. Many people—even those who aren’t affected by serious illness like mesothelioma—suffer from heightened stress, anxiety and depression during the holidays. However, there are things you can do to help make the holidays more manageable and enjoyable, even with mesothelioma