Saturday, November 29, 2008

What is a Personal Directive?

Personal directives are legal documents which allow you to name a decision maker and/or provide written instructions to be followed when, due to illness or injury, you no longer have the capacity to make decisions such as where you will live or the medical treatment you will receive.

When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I thought it would be easier to do a personal directive later ... in other words, I was too afraid to do it then. Well, eight years later ... and I don't know if it is easier now ... but I have the forms and am ... doing it.

Another lady, who also is struggling with cancer and I have decided to support each other through the process. It always seems easier if you are not the only one.

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