This is the third installment of a blog series intended to address the complexities of mesothelioma care.

Mesothelioma Journaling
Whether it’s you or someone you love who is battling mesothelioma, to say that it is a struggle would be the understatement of all understatements. Anyone dealing with this awful disease goes through moments of boiling anger, unending frustration and just plain fear, sometimes all at once. These feelings are inevitable, but they can also be poison if kept inside for too long. So how do you get these feelings out without yelling, screaming and crying in the middle of the grocery store?

Write it down.

Keeping a journal of your experience with mesothelioma is a healthy and therapeutic way of managing your stress and releasing your feelings. Whether you are the patient, the caregiver or a loved one, writing down your thoughts and feelings allows you to rid yourself of carrying around negativity and enjoy life again.

Cancer can be a completely isolating experience, but it is important to remember that you aren’t the only one in this fight. Writing about your experience with mesothelioma can also help others cope with their emotions and work through the frustration and pain.

A blog dedicated to the trials and travails can be a very healing endeavor for you and your loved ones. This process also allows for others to read about your journey and provide support and encouragement. Many mesothelioma patients and caregivers have found great solace and a wealth of resources through blogging.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s “Share Your Story” campaign is a prime example of how writing about your journey with mesothelioma can change your life and the lives of many others. The organization’s online campaign has served as an outlet for countless individuals who have been affected by mesothelioma. Linda Reinstein, co-founder and CEO of ADAO, welcomes mesothelioma patients, friends and family members to take part in the campaign and join the “Share Your Story” community.

Or maybe you prefer the traditional pen and paper. Either way, writing about your experiences as you cope with a mesothelioma diagnosis can be one of the most cathartic practices you can have. Whether you choose to share your story with others or keep it to yourself. Just Remember.

Write it out, get it down and let it go.

The mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd has been working with mesothelioma patients and their families for over 35 years. The law firm knows just how difficult the journey can be and continues to strive for new ways to better serve the mesothelioma community.