“To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always”

– Edward Livingston Trudeau

Modern medicine is a victim of its own failed propaganda, particularly when a terminal illness is involved. With a promise to cure there is an ever-increasing demand to be cured at all costs, but in reality, medicine ultimately fails because death and dying is a certainty, regardless of being diagnosed with a terminal illness or not. It is this that proves medicine wrong.

Because of this failed promise, a re-think of the role of medicine is required when it comes to death and dying, and terminal illnesses.

In reality, medicine is part science and part art. The science of medicine knows the intricate stuff associated with the impact on the body: the art of medicine is about knowing people and, in particular, knowing how to care for them. Here we emphasise the care that is required, making no promises yet expecting, in the words of Edward Livingston Trudeau- “to be comforted”.

Things do not always only go right in life, in fact, they sometimes go terribly wrong. Whether it be a terminal illness or an incident that impacts us, good health is not a right, it is a privilege.

There is much suffering in the world. Ensure that there is no unnecessary suffering in your world if your health fails. Consider the following opportunities to make the most of your health in the future:

Advance directive

This is a legal document to specify what actions related to your health should take place in the instance you cannot make decisions for yourself due to illness or incapacity.

Palliative Care

If diagnosed with a terminal illness, palliative care options should be a consideration. Not only do palliative care facilities have the means to support medical needs, but they can also help with all the emotional aspects associated with death and dying. We have a lot of resources associated with Palliative Care. See below or visit episode 4 of Stickman’s adventures.



Palliative Care Topic of the Month

Topic: Breathlessness
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