Today I did something mature. I wrote down
I should've done this years ago. Especially for people with chronic illnesses, our health can change quickly and threaten our lives any day. Even for healthy people, one person's mistake on the road is all it takes to us unresponsive. You don't want your loved ones wracked with guilt over hasty decisions made on your behalf or delaying treatment as they debate what you would've wanted.
If you're a Michigander, you can use the same form I used, which I found here. Others can check with their own state bar association or get started with Five Wishes, a format for creating a living will, which is a major part of an advance directive.
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Darla copyedits biomedical research while living with an invisible chronic illness.