How do we know when it’s time to end life-prolonging medical treatment and let nature take its course? When do we say, “Enough!” and stop chemotherapy and radiation?
If a doctor tells a patient and his/her family that continued treatment won’t change the outcome and suggests managing the pain rather than continuing life-extending treatments, would you think the doctor is compassionate and responsible, or would you think he/she is a member of a “Death Panel”?
Where’s the balance? Does it make sense to give an 85-year-old woman who is in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s a pace maker so she doesn’t die of a heart attack? If an eleven-year-old boy with cancer says, “I’m done. No more treatments,” should everyone respect his wishes? Who is the ultimate judge about outcomes and quality of life? If a patient isn’t capable of making a decision, who should make the call? It is up to the family, or should the doctor decide? These are all tough questions, and there are no easy answers.
Join us as we explore these questions and then stay tuned for Elaine’s interview with Teresa Corrall Steele, a woman who used meditation to manage her emotional stress during the two-year period of time she cared for her best friend and both parents, all of whom had terminal cancer, along with her husband who suffered a mental breakdown.
Teresa talks about how meditation can help us still our bodies and open our minds to peaceful, restful feelings. She talks about the calming effect of bringing our attention to our breathing and to ourselves. You won’t need a Yoga mat, and you don’t have to get into the Lotus position. You’ll learn all you need is a quiet place where you can have a couple of peaceful minutes to yourself.
This is the last show that Elaine will post on Web Talk Radio. But you will still be able to listen to Caregiver Help Radio on CaregiverHelp.com. You can also read her articles and watch some of her videos on CaringTimes, a wonderfully comprehensive blog distributed by Griswold Home Care.
In recognition of National Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer’s Month, Elaine and her husband Alex, co-founders of CaregiverHelp.com, are giving away one-year individual memberships to their online, video-based caregiver support website. All you have to do is go to the website, CaregiverHelp.com, click on the “Join Now” button at the top right-hand side of the page and fill out the form. In the box that asks for a coupon code, enter this code: RadioFree.
It’s that simple. There are no strings attached. But do it before November 30, because on December 1, the price goes back to $58.
If you have a question you’d like to ask, or a comment you’d like to share with Elaine, send her an email at Elaine@CaregiverHelp.com, and she’ll do her best to respond.