Making Decisions and Plans
There will be decisions to be made about how you want the end of your life to be. This section will provide information on how you can start to plan and what sort of things you might want to think about.
Treatment Plans and Priorities
The treatments you want now may be different to the treatments you would choose if you become more poorly. It can be helpful to plan your care with your medical team and your carer. There may come a point when you don’t want any more treatment or there are certain procedures you would not wish to have. Although this can be a painful process, some women actually find it very therapeutic to make plans when they are well enough. Making sure your wishes are met is part of Advance Care Planning which means you will discuss what you want with your health care team – your decisions will be documented.
There is also a document called Preferred Priorities of Care (PPC) which can be a written or verbal agreement which tells other where you would like to spend your last days of life (this can be home, hospice or hospital). You can discuss this with your health care team.
‘Putting your House in Order’
At the moment you may be making decisions about different aspects of your life. You may also want to think about organising your personal affairs. This includes thinking about practical issues such as:
- your bank account
- mortgage or rent
- what sort of funeral you would prefer
- what might happen to your treasured possessions.
Sometimes when people die, family and friends aren’t aware what that person really wanted, but organising this side of things can ensure you live on in people’s hearts and minds in the way you wish.
In the next section we will give you a starting point and suggestions of how you can do this. There will also be links of other organisations that can help you further. This can be a painful and difficult process, so do ask for help and emotional support from your family and friends if you need it.
Topics in the next section:
"Making Decisions and Plans." Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. N.p., 19 Aug. 2013. Web. 02 Mar. 2015.