Are you living with a serious illness?
Serious illnesses can include diseases such as cancer, dementia, motor–neuron disease, end-stage kidney or lung disease, heart disease and stroke.
Living with a serious illness is associated with ups and downs of increased feeling of tiredness, pain, nausea, or shortness of breath. You often feel that you are less able to do the things that you used to in the past.
Having a conversation with your health-care provider about the expected progress of your illness, your values, fears, and goals, and what you want for health care will help you get the care that is aligned with your wishes.
Research shows that people living with a serious illness who think through what is important to them and what their wishes are often feel less anxious, more at peace, and more in control of their situation.