1Do you have one or more serious illnesses such as:
2Do you have symptoms that make it difficult to be as active as you would like?
3Have you, or someone close to you, experienced the following:
…is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in your illness, and you can have it along with curative treatment.
4Do you, or someone close to you, need help with:
5Do you, or someone close to you, need help with:
A serious illness is treatable with the intention for recovery but there is the possibility of death.
A serious illness disrupts your daily routines and fun roles because most of your time is spent getting treatment and recovering from treatment.
A serious illness carries a burden of physical, emotional, and financial stress that affects not only you but also other people in your life.
Like the circular ripples on the surface of water when a pebble is dropped, the impact of living with serious illness sends waves of disruption far out and into every aspect your body, mind, and spirit.
With a new diagnosis of a serious illness there is a sense of urgency to take action, and you may not get the chance to stop and consider available options. The overwhelming amount of information can make it hard to decide which treatments are most aligned with your values and your goals.
The adage “If you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail” applies to health care as well. If you go to see a surgeon, you are told you need an operation. If you go to a cancer doctor they will talk to you about chemotherapy. If you go to your general practitioner with a problem, you will get another pill.
…is that you have the right to accept or decline medical care and the right to request its timing and where it is delivered.
…is that serious illness affects not just you but also the important people in your life.