Just as you walk out the door in the morning, you have the sense that it’s going to be a usual day like always. When you arrive home that evening, you have very shocking, life- threatening news to share with your family. Today, your doctor had diagnosed you with Mesothelioma, which is a cancer that is barely treatable due to the fact that it doesn’t respond well with chemotherapy, radiation, or even some type of surgery. This means that you will have to do much research about this cancer to learn more and maybe find something that is out there to help that doctors may not know about yet. I would like to share with you my thoughts on dealing with Mesothelioma and how I would conduct some research and make my last days on this earth memorable to my family.
First off, if I got life changing news such as this I would sit down with my family and talk about all the routes we could take in hopes of finding a solution. Maybe there could be some new discovery that would help make you live longer with the cancer, maybe you could spend the rest of the expected time with your family doing things you’ve always wanted to do before departing this earth, evening becoming closer to God and believing in him and having the faith that he can do something miraculous for you, or maybe you can even get a lawyer and have some type of lawsuit if this was caused from a job earlier in life. If so, the case maybe able to get your family money that they can have to help survive after your battle with the cancer is up.
When doing the research I would use the internet but also I would maybe go to a doctor who deals with Mesothelioma and sit down and talk with him. The doctor would probably be the best source to use, especially if you have many questions about the cancer because he could defiantly answer them. The internet wouldn’t be a bad source but I would make sure that I used one that was maybe from a cancer center or an encyclopedia something that you know you are getting pure information from, not just opinions or other peoples input. This is something that is serious and you want the right information and research and as much as you can obtain to.
After conducting my research and finding out that chemotherapy, radiation, or a surgery would have no cure for this type of cancer, I would decide what I want to try to do to put up with this battle. If there was absolutely nothing I could do at this appoint and I was given only 2 months to live, would just pray to God everyday and believe in both himself and I that I could battle through this longer that 2 months. I would pray to him and ask him to let me stay on this earth 3 more years to at least until my youngest daughter graduated from college. While praying and becoming closer with God, I would like to also take my family and my few close friends on a cruise which is something I’ve always wanted to do in my lifetime. I’d like to go with the ones I love the most so they will all have great memories of me when I’m gone either in 2 months or maybe 10 years.
After doing all the research and talking to several doctors about options, they are very limited it appeared. I am just going to keep praying for a miracle to occur for me one day and either cure me or let me be on this earth longer. I just live one day at a time and do as much stuff as I can before I become to ill to where I can not anymore. I’m planning a trip with family and a few close friends for next month so hopefully it will keep my mind off all this and turn out to make many memories to remember. As I was always told and always told my kids, “Just take one day at a time. You never know what tomorrow may bring you. Live your life how you want today because, maybe tomorrow it could change your whole life.”
By: Frohnapfel, Desi