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What happens after the shock of a mesothelioma diagnosis?

The word "disbelief" may come close to summing up how you feel after receiving such a dire diagnosis from your Georgia doctor. Perhaps you knew that being exposed to asbestos could one day come back to haunt you, but as the years turned into decades, you hoped you had dodged that particular bullet. Unfortunately, medical science has discovered that the incubation period for mesothelioma ranges anywhere from 25 to 50 years. By the time you received your diagnosis, you may have all but forgotten about your risk.

Once the shock wears off and reality sets in, you may begin to wonder how you will cope physically, emotionally and financially. There is no cure for this particular disease, but that will not keep you from needing medical and other care now and in the future. There may be steps that doctors can take to prolong your life as much as possible.

More than likely, doing so will entail numerous medications, treatments and other medical interventions. As your body begins to further betray you, you may need other assistance related to your condition. Meanwhile, you will also need to deal with the emotional and psychological realities of your condition.

As if that was not enough, you will need to deal with the financial aspect of mesothelioma at some point. You should know that it may be possible to obtain restitution for your condition since the root cause of this rare type of cancer is well documented -- namely, your exposure to asbestos. It may take some of the stress off you and your family to seek out the advice and guidance of a Georgia attorney who understands your challenges and could prove invaluable in obtaining the financial resources you need to deal with your illness.

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