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Everyone has a story. About losing someone close. About what it was like to have the conversation. About not talking about wishes until it was too late.

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The no ventilator camp

By Holly
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 I am having the conversation just now with family and my medical team. I was diagnosed last week with ALS.  I know that we all have our unique path with this disease, some choose life...

I had the conversation with my partner .

The hardest thing I’ve ever done

By Eileen
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 Last December my mother went into a coma on the Monday before Christmas. She had been diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2006. She contracted the virus in 1970 after having received numerous blood transfusions as...

I had the conversation with my parent .

Hospice – seeing the signs

By Toni
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I have two. My father passed away June 22, 2008- 29 days after we learned he had cancer.   I asked the Oncologist if my father was hospice appropriate and the physician didn’t want to go...

I had the conversation with my parent .

Exit strategy

By John
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 My friend recently decided to hasten his death in face of inevitable prolonged suffering. The doctor has given him 3 months at best, he was failing fast, and decided to leave this world on his...

I had the conversation with my friend .

Don’t want to upset the family

By Ruth
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My father is 101.  He is physically healthy but not entirely competent.  I don’t want to upset him now with this conversation.  We should have had it 2 years ago.  Just recently I had to...

I wish I had the conversation with my parent .

Planning for the future

By Vicki
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We were married last year, or at least we had a ceremony.  Marriage between two women is still not legal here in Virginia.  This year we started implementing our planning regard the future and what...

I had the conversation with my spouse .