Remove all doubt.

I just finished reading a post about a terrible tragedy where a young preacher and his son died tragically in a house fire, leaving a grieving wife/mother and two daughters/sisters. I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that this past Friday was National Healthcare Decisions Day. Please take this opportunity to sit down with your loved ones today and discuss what your wishes are at the end of life!
As a hospice nurse, I have worked with many families left to ‘figure’ out what their loved one may or may not have wanted with regards to end of life care decisions and funeral arrangements. Not once have I heard a family say I wish mom/dad/brother/sister/grandma or grandpa did not have their wishes written out because I wish we could debate and decided what they might have wanted. Taking the time to write and discuss your wishes and advance directives with your family is truly the best gift you can ever give them. Having this tough talk enables your loved one to feel confident they can make the right decisions for you when you can no longer make them. For more information on advance directives go to http://www.caringinfo.org and http://www.agingwithdignity.com.

Live your day with passion, Melody

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About Lyme Lives EveryWhere

Angola Inmate Hospice volunteers taught me to trust God and the power of forgiveness. I have always been fascinated by how people 'discover' their gifts/callings. As a coping mechanism for a complicated home life; I liked to run outdoors regardless the weather. After University my running was curtailed due to mystery ailments that would flare up on-and-off for decades. Intuitively, I have been soaking in epsom salt baths ever since I became a runner. Perhaps that is what kept my immune system functioning for so long. In 2005, my mystery ailments returned. After a decade of suffering and symptom flare ups, I was told by health care practitioners to learn to live with what was ailing me. In 2013, my immune system shut down and resulted in a health crisis; ultimately saving my life. Tired of being sick and tired, by divine intervention I found an amazing advocate in Dr. Amanda Lea; an osteopathic physician in Zachary Louisiana. Two days before I found her, a friend put me on her church prayer list as I searched for answers. Dr. Lea was setting up a new practice and worked me in the day after the prayer chain started. She listened to my health history uninterrupted for 45 minutes. After my diagnosis, I went to see a Lyme experienced MD, the head of infectious disease at a large hospital in New Orleans. She opened the office door, walked in and proclaimed that "Lyme disease does not exist in Louisiana". That day my passion for Lyme awareness, education and advocacy was revealed to me.
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