|Terminal illness is a condition which cannot be cured or properly treated and is generally expected to lead to the premature death of the afflicted patient. This word is most commonly used for non-cancerous diseases like advanced cardiovascular disease or cancer and not for terminal diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis or leukemia.
There are many types of terminal illnesses. Some of these include pancreatic cancer, renal failure, renal cell carcinoma, non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL), renal pelvis syndrome (RLS) and Wilson's disease. These conditions are generally diagnosed upon diagnosis of their early stages. However, some of these illnesses may develop later, even into the late stages. This is why it is important that you and your physician to work closely together so that timely diagnosis and effective treatment can be administered.
In the United States, there are many people who have terminal illnesses, and this seems to be due in part to the aging process, high levels of stress, obesity and substance abuse. Unfortunately, many people also fall prey to the deadly virus spreads through mosquitoes, making the fight against this illness even more difficult. In addition to treating the illnesses, it is also important to treat the fears that one might develop for having an illness. There are many people who simply won't feel comfortable discussing any illness, especially if they feel that they might be dying soon.
One danger of terminal illness that many people fear is that of suicide. For most patients with terminal illness, they know that they might spend the rest of their lives learning how to cope and lead normal lives again. If you or someone you love is facing this type of situation, it is important to communicate t them that suicide is not the answer.
Even if it is true that they are not going to end their life, patients need to have the ability to say things like "I have been doing so much to treat my illness, but I have not found a method that works for me, but I still intend to hang on until I find something that works" instead of waiting for signs that the illness will eventually clear up. It is better to try to prevent the illness from getting worse in the first place.
Although, it may be true that there are no cures for the ultimate cause of terminal disease, there are ways to improve the overall quality of life and avoid the feelings of hopelessness and helplessness that are often associated with terminal illness. Although it can be very difficult and even painful to admit that one's life is failing, it is also important to admit that it is inevitable. If a patient can come to the realization that they are going to die shortly, that will give them some measure of control over the situation.
One of the main reasons that people choose to end their lives rather than face what is likely to be a prolonged illness is because they are afraid of what awaits them as they die. They imagine a painful death in a hospital or nursing home. While it is true that the majority of patients who die from terminal illnesses do so in a hospital, this does not mean that they will suffer pain after suffering heart failure or respiratory failure.
While terminal illnesses are inevitable, patients need to understand that there is always a chance of a good outcome even though they are approaching the end of their life. It is not wise to ignore the reality of terminal illness, but it is equally important to be realistic and understand that the chance of treatment for the illness is extremely low. While it may seem impossible to find a cure for terminal illness in the long run, there is hope and a future. However, if the patient is willing to accept the reality of their situation and seek help, then they can have a better chance at living a quality life despite their condition.
Steve Schafer is the founder of TheEulogyWriters and is probably the most prolific eulogy writer (and, no doubt, the best) anywhere. He lives in Michigan and has been writing eulogies for well over thirty years. The articles in this blog are designed to help people through the process of losing loved ones.