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Are you or a loved one facing a serious illness?

1Do you have one or more serious illnesses such as:

  • Cancer
  • Kidney failure
  • Dementia
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Liver failure
  • Neurologic diseases
  • Congestive heart failure

2Do you have symptoms that make it difficult to be as active as you would like?

  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Constipation

3Have you, or someone close to you, experienced the following:

  • Difficult side effects from treatment
  • Frequent emergency room visits
  • Three or more admissions to a hospital within 12 months, and with the same symptoms
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Pallative Care

…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:

  • Knowing what to expect
  • Knowing what programs and resources are available
  • Making decisions about treatment choices/options
  • Matching your goals and values to your medical care
  • Understanding to benefits and burdens of treatments (for example cancer treatments, surgery, dialysis, CPR, mechanical ventilation, artificial nutrition)

5Do you, or someone close to you, need help with:

  • Coping with the stress of a serious illness
  • Emotional support
  • Spiritual support
  • Matching your goals and values to your medical care
  • Talking with your family about your illness and what is important to you

If you have been diagnosed with a serious illness and you are suffering from pain, stress, or other symptoms, Dr. Holly Ahner of Palliative Care Consult can help.

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What is a serious illness?

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.

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Cancer

Kidney failure

Multiple sclerosis

COPD

Liver failure

CHF

HIV/AIDS

ALS

Parkinson’s Disease

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.

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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.

THE TRUTH…

…is that you have the right to accept or decline medical care and the right to request its timing and where it is delivered.

THE TRUTH…

…is that serious illness affects not just you but also the important people in your life.

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We like to think that we will always be healthy and able to make decisions for ourselves, but one minute you are a normal person with normal problems and the next you are a person with a serious illness.

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