It’s that time of year when we think about how we can improve our lives and commit to resolutions for the new year. When someone is facing a serious chronic or terminal illness, resolutions can be a reminder to focus on what really matters in life.
Below, we offer a few suggestions for resolutions for those with a chronic or terminal illness.
Even with the arrival of a vaccine in record time, the very beginning of 2021 will likely look very similar to the darkest days of 2020. On the bright side, new approaches – many propelled by the COVID-19 pandemic – continue to advance the care of vulnerable individuals facing their end of life.
Leukemia and lymphoma are two different forms of blood cancer. Leukemia affects blood and bone marrow. Lymphoma affects the cells of the immune system that fight infection and is commonly found in the lymph nodes, bone marrow, thymus, and spleen.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process where the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system. The damaged areas develop multiple areas of scar tissue which gives the disease its name multiple sclerosis.
This COVID-19 Pandemic has put an incredible strain on individuals at their end-of-life and their families. As if being sick and frail weren’t enough, patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, or are untested but feared to be positive, are being denied entry to long-term care facilities. Many hospice providers are also denying these patients service in their own homes.
As we enter another month of the COVID-19 pandemic, this frightening virus continues to be in the forefront of all daily newscasts, social media, and talk shows. Most of us have adopted new phrases in our day-to-day conversations with family and friends such as “flattening the curve,” “social distancing,” “N95 masks,” and “clusters” to name a few.