Difficult Conversations Workbook

Chapter 6: Understanding Your Choices

Understanding what is most important to you can help guide the difficult decisions about your treatment and care options. Communicating your needs, preferences and goals makes it possible for your healthcare team and support network to understand the reasons for your decisions.

Fritz understands that the rewards of continuing treatment more than exceed the risks but that there are no guarantees. He and his wife decide together “to do whatever [his] physician thought was appropriate” to arrest the progress of his disease. Rich says that he decided the quality of his life was most important and that he was not going to “let the disease run [his] life.”

How one measures the overall effect of illness on their lives physically, emotionally, spiritually and in day-to-day functioning can differ from person to person.

Ask yourself:
What determines my quality of life?
My quality of life is determined by...
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