What is Palliative Care?
Who can benefit from it and how can it make a difference in a person’s quality of life? I created this website as a resource for patients and families facing a serious illness or injury – cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, complications from Type 2 diabetes, stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or partial or full loss of limbs, as well as the medical needs we face as we advance in age.
When we’re ill, quality of life is more important than ever. Palliative care recognizes that, and is why its focus is intended to keep you living well, even when you’re not.
Mother. Nurse. Palliative Care Advocate. I am proud to wear all these titles, and in advocating for this supportive type of care, I pay tribute to my son, David, who lost his fight to lymphocytic leukemia in August 2000 at the age of 15. I firmly believe palliative care would have made a difference to him and our family, but unfortunately we did not know it existed. So, we did not ask for it, nor was it offered to us. Today, I welcome the chance to help others by sharing what I have learned.
There are misconceptions about palliative care – from what it is and who provides it to when
to ask for it and how it can help. My hope is that, in time, palliative care will become an integral part of healthcare and all patients will have the availability of such a vital level of care when a serious illness strikes.