advance care planning old and sick

So you think that Advance Care Planning is just for the old and the sick?

You might want to think again…

Carrie Fisher

At age 60, Carrie Fisher was on a plane flight when she had a heart attack.  She was then in intensive care for 4 days, placed on a ventilator and then subsequently died.

Christopher Reeve aka Superman

At age 45, Christopher Reeve was taking part in an equestrian event when he was thrown from his horse.    It was 5 full days before he regained consciousness & realised he was a quadriplegic.

Candice Bergen

At age 60, Candice Bergen had a stroke.

Molly Meldrum

At age 68, Molly Meldrum fell off a ladder & suffered multiple injuries that required various levels of medical sedation for almost a month.  For the first 12 days he was in intensive care.

Maria Venuti

At age 75, Maria Venuti suffered a stroke & was placed in an induced coma.

Michael Schumacher

At age 44, Michael Schumacher was skiing with his 14yo son when he fell, hit his head & sustained a head injury.  He was placed in a medically induced coma for over 3 months.

Accidents and illnesses can unexpectedly happen.

If something were to happen to you:

  • Is the legal document in place detailing your medical wishes?
  • Is the legal document in place authorising someone to speak on your behalf?
  • Would those closest to you know your wishes?
  • Would those closest to honour your wishes?
  • Would those closest to you jump up & down & make some noise if your wishes weren’t being honoured?

If you can’t answer a resounding YES to those questions, you need to do something about it.

For south east Queensland people, I am running some workshops to help you get this sorted in a safe space.  The next on is Saturday March 18 in Sandgate and then Saturday April 29 in Maroochydore.  Click here for more information

I am planning on taking these up the coast to Bundaberg, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns mid year, so watch this space.

Peace & blessings, Sharon