Serious illness is a communications challenge for everyone. The doctors use words we don’t understand; there are so many different people to talk with—a cast of thousands in the medical world, those closest to us, friends and family further out, colleagues, neighbors. The entire situation is stressful, and sometimes all the communication just makes it all harder. We can help.
Talking with the doctor, your inner circle, community, and yourself
Some of the communication is incoming—listening to the doctors, understanding what they are saying and our choices, listening to those close to us, and often listening to interested, well-meaning others. Some of the communication is outgoing—telling our doctors what we want, sharing our fears, hopes and wishes with those close to us, and providing information to our community. Least acknowledged is the communication we have with ourselves.