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Telling the Truth about Terminal Illness

Published by Chapster on 2003/1/1 (3224 reads)
'"...And once we rob someone of the truth, no matter how well-meaning, we rob them of something else, the freedom to make choices."

One of the consistent issues that we face is the question,

Should I tell my loved one that they or I am terminally ill?

This month we address that question in our Community Focus segment with Dr. James Griffin at KEOM, 88.5FM. Click the link below to read more!

KEOM Community Focus

Recorded in the KEOM studios

Q: So what are we talking about today, Mike?

A: Well, with truth being a recent casualty in some segments of the business world, I thought it might be helpful to talk about truth in the health world.

Q: What do you mean?

A: Well, one of the situations that I observe from time to time is the desire of a family to protect a loved one from the news of a terminal illness. A common scenario is one where a son or daughter, well meaning, of course, takes Mom or Dad in for tests and the doctors discover, say, untreatable colon cancer. Well, from that moment forward, there begins a conspiracy of silence. No one says what's wrong or what the future may hold. No one really addresses the illness. Everyone just kind of avoids the subject. When Mom or Dad expresses a concern about their illness, the kids just minimize it and maybe promise that it will get better: "Dad, the doctor said its just going to take some time. You'll be okay. Don't worry."

Tags: end-of-life   ethics   terminal   illness   veracity   truth  

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