Diagnosis of a life-limiting illness
You may be worried about becoming weaker, maybe because of the illness itself, or, perhaps because the treatment you’re receiving is very debilitating. You may be upset about changes in your body like weight gain or loss, or losing your hair, and wondering how you will live with the changes.
Certain diagnoses like advanced cancer, progressive neurological illnesses, or terminal cardio-respiratory diseases can be considered life-limiting as the probability exists that you may die from them. Unlike a sudden, severe stroke or heart attack that brings about unexpected death, the life-limiting illness provides a person with a chance to prepare, to anticipate that they will die in the months ahead, and thus to have the opportunity to put their affairs in order.
Recognition of serious illness
Some people will intuitively know as soon as their doctor names the illness that they may have just received a diagnosis of a serious, complex illness or life-limiting illness. Others will not be sure. An important question arises whenever we receive a serious diagnosis.
Might I die from this?
This is a valid question to ask of one’s doctor. What is my prognosis? How long do you think I might have? Might I die from this? Should I prepare for the worst?
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