By: Ms. J
Today is the 7th annual National Healthcare Decision Day. This day is to “inspire, educate & empower the public & providers about the importance of advance care planning.” (Nhdd). As much as most of us like to live in the moment and not think about the future, knowing and communicating your wishes should you be unable to, is very important. What I am talking about is planning for healthcare in advance. Should you become terminally ill, mentally disabled, aged or more, being able to express your wishes during a tough time eliminates conflict between family members, health professionals and even the government. Take for instance recent highly publicized cases such as Marlise Munoz, where her family sought to take the pregnant brain-dead Texas woman off the ventilator, or the tragic brain death of 13-year-old Jahi McMath whose mother believes that she is not a corpse. In these cases, many have advocated for either keeping them on or off life support with many reasonable explainations, however due to the fact that there was not an Advanced Directive the person cannot communicate their wishes.