What inspires people to make important decisions before a health crisis? It’s often the example of another person’s story.
Over the years, we’ve heard from many people who decided to complete Five Wishes because of an experience with a family member or close friend. In some cases, they saw how difficult it can be when decisions aren’t made in advance. They want to avoid repeat scenarios of bedside guessing games and family disputes. In other cases, they were grateful for the gift of clear instructions about what dignified care meant to their loved one. Even beyond our close circles of friends and family, we can be inspired by personal stories of others; those we read about in news stories or see on television.
Tara’s Story is one such example. Earlier this month, Tara gave a powerful presentation at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. While her message was spoken first to young people who are living with cancer, she has an important call to action for all of us.
Take a few minutes to listen to Tara’s Story. If her message rings true, please consider sharing it with those who are important to you.
Thank you, Tara, for your inspiration and willingness to share your story. We are also grateful to Lori Wiener from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health for introducing us. Tara and Dr. Wiener gave a joint presentation at the Dana Farber conference, and it was clear that Tara’s Story should be heard by more than just those gathered in that room. Of course, Dr. Wiener led the development of the Voicing My Choices document at NIH, and her work has helped thousands of young people to have a voice regarding their care.
Paul Malley is President of Aging with Dignity.
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