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January 27, 2017
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Most people don't like talking about death. I get it, it's not a very uplifting or fun topic to think about, let alone openly discuss. Most people don't want to die, and we tend to think we will live forever, even if we know that's not true. There comes a time though in most of our lives where our health will start to deteriorate, and we will find ourselves needing more care and support from others. Eventually, this could lead to the diagnosis of a terminal illness, and then we are faced with some stark options. Do we continue to treat aggressively until the day we die, or do we try to focus on pain management and forgo aggressive treatment? Which is the right option? It really is a personal choice, but it is a choice that our loved ones should know about should we ever get in that situation where we are unable to speak our wishes to them (by the way, that's why you should have a will and MDPOA- Medical Durable Power of Attorney).

In hospice care (the "H" word people don't like to discuss), we subscribe to the philosophy of quality of days over quantity of days. Why have another year to live if you're going to be in and out of the hospital and as a result feel drained of life every single day? Why not focus on what time you have left and enjoy it? Eat that chocolate sundae, spend time with your family, and for some, check off that bucket list! In hospice care, we want you to make the most of every day and make it count. After all, life is short, enjoy it!

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)