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What is an example of an advance directive?
A specific and common example of an advance directive is a “do not resuscitate” order (or DNR), which guides care only if your heart stops beating (cardiac arrest) or you are no longer breathing.
What disease can be cured?
5 Diseases That May Be Cured Within Our Lifetime
- HIV/AIDS. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, was only discovered mere decades ago.
- Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s affects nearly 5.7 million Americans who struggle with varying stages of dementia.
- Cystic Fibrosis.
- Heart Disease.
What is an advance directive in medical terms?
(ad-VANS duh-REK-tiv) A legal document that states a person’s wishes about receiving medical care if that person is no longer able to make medical decisions because of a serious illness or injury.
Is chemo really necessary?
Chemotherapy is almost always recommended if there is cancer in the lymph nodes, regardless of tumor size or menopausal status. Doctors recommend more aggressive treatments for premenopausal women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
How does it feel to face a life-threatening illness?
Facing a life-threatening illness can leave you feeling alone and cut off from even those closest to you. You may feel that other people can’t understand what you’re going through. Or perhaps those around you are trying to be so positive that you don’t feel able to open up and express how you really feel.
Is it possible to change perspective on life-threatening conditions?
But it can happen. Some people diagnosed with life-threatening conditions do undergo a change in perspective that focuses them on the important things in their lives—those things that add meaning and purpose. Negative emotions such as anger or guilt can even sometimes have a positive effect, motivating you to meet treatment goals, for example.
Can a diagnosis of life-threatening conditions be positive?
Rationally, no one would consider having a heart attack or receiving a cancer diagnosis as ever having any positive consequences. But it can happen. Some people diagnosed with life-threatening conditions do undergo a change in perspective that focuses them on the important things in their lives—those things that add meaning and purpose.
Are You no longer you when you have a medical condition?
You’re no longer you but rather your medical condition. How you react emotionally and the degree of psychological distress you experience depends on many different factors, including your age, personality, the type and prognosis of the medical problem you’re facing, and the amount of support you have.