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What Would You Say?

Earlier this season on the show Parenthood, Kristina was diagnosed with cancer.

(If you haven’t watched last week’s episode yet, you may want to stop reading now.)

Last week, complications arose.

Not long after a chemo treatment, while her immune system was suppressed, Kristina was admitted to the hospital with a severe infection. Suffering from septic shock, Kristina faded in and out of consciousness. In one of her moments of awareness, she asked her husband Adam to get her laptop, because she’s saved something for their kids.

Later in the episode, while she’s asleep, we find Adam watching a moving video that she had recorded for their three kids in case the worst happened. Watch it here:

Video messages can be a powerful expression of love left behind to provide clarity and comfort to friends and family, which is why we here at MyDirectives have embraced the increased ease of recording video to ensure your voice can literally be heard if you are otherwise incapable to speak for yourself.

Whether or not you have cancer, have you taken steps to leave a message for your loved ones in case something bad happens? Or have you received a message from a friend or family member? Tell us your story using the comments below, on Facebook or on Twitter.

The Taxi

Imagine flagging down a taxi in the middle of New York City, getting in, and suddenly losing the ability to speak, sign or point to a map. How would the driver know where to take you? Would he try to contact one of your friends or family members to receive directions? Would he just drive according to his best guess of where you wanted to go? 

Medical patients who suffer tragic accidents or individuals near the end of life who have not established advance directives are riding in that taxi.

The future always brings uncertainty, and it is difficult to predict what accidents, ailments or illnesses will affect us or our loved ones throughout the course of our lifetime. Some things are simply outside our control.

That is why it is so important to take control of our health care and declare in advance how we would like to be treated by a doctor if we do find ourselves in a medical emergency;especially when we’re healthy.

Otherwise, we are allowing the possibility of ending up in that taxi without any way of telling the driver where to take us.

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