Many people find it helpful to talk about their values, goals and wishes with their care team, especially when thinking ahead about their health. This is called advance care planning. It often helps people feel more at ease and in control of their situation.
It also helps your health care team to make treatment recommendations that are in line with these wishes.
It is important to talk about this when you are doing okay so that best decisions can be made in moments of crises. It is also helpful to include your family or loved ones in this conversation. It will help prepare them to make decisions for you if you can’t make them at some point in the future.
These kinds of conversations may be difficult to initiate, but would be something a Palliative Care team can help facilitate between you, your family and the rest of your health care team.
Some of the things you might want to think about are: