Last month was National Family Caregiver Month, dedicated to celebrating and recognizing caregivers of all kinds, nationwide. This year's theme, “Take Care, To Give Care” reminded caregivers to stay healthy, while also commemorating caregivers for their hard work while enduring, at times, an overwhelming amount of physical, mental and emotional stress.
Providing care to those with rare diseases or lung diseases such as mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, COPD even asthma, can be just as stressful or difficult to locate treatment, support groups, even resources. Mesothelioma for example, has limited treatments, physicians, support groups and resources available to those diagnosed, much less available to caregivers.
If asbestos becomes airborne and inhaled, the fibers can attach to the lining of the lungs, to develop this terrible cancer over time. Once diagnosed, the average life expectancy is between 6-12 months, whereas 33% live longer than a year following.
In the United States alone, 43.5 million adults are estimated to have provided unpaid care to an adult or a child in the past year and nearly 18% of those surveyed identified themselves as a caregiver. This December, while holiday cheer and stress levels may both be on the rise, keep caregivers in mind and those struggling with rare cancer, disease or terminal illness -- and let's all "Take Care to Give Care" while enjoying the holidays.
This post was created in partnership with the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center.
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