I'll Have it my Way:
Taking Control of End-of-Life Decisions
Imagine that you are in the hospital, you are seriously ill and you are not getting better.
Do you know what’s wrong?
Is your condition serious? Life-threatening?
What are your prospects for recovery?
How much have your doctors told you or your family?
If there are other specialists caring for you, do they talk to you or to each other?
What if your illness prevents you from communicating your wishes?
I'll Have It My Way makes it clear that no one is required to passively delegate death to a system that insists upon surgery, stents, chemotherapy, blood transfusions, radiation, infusions and all of the tubes, bags and lines which accompany these interventions.
This book will guide you on a journey of self-discovery as you answer questions that will help you to select a proxy and to provide your friends and family with a few simple instructions and wishes. Every person who wants to direct their own health care all the way to the end will benefit from this book.
Experts who helped with the book:
Dr. Robert Arnold
Dr. Ira Byock
Elizabeth Chaitin, DHCE, MA, MSW
Dr. Ralph Corsetti
Constance Dahlin, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN
Dr. Richard Della Penna
Linda Fischer, PhD
Dr. James B. Florey
Dr. Joseph J. Gallo
Dr. Pat Gary
Dr. Joan Harrold
Dr. Jean Kutner
Dr. Barron Lerner
Pam Malloy, RN, MN, FPCN
Dr. Daniel Matlock
Dr. Jack McNulty
Dr. John Morley
Dr. Laura Morrison
Lydia Navarro, PhD
Robin Rome, MSN, FNP-C, ACHPN
Dr. Gretchen Ulfers
Dr. Charles von Gunten