AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Planning for dying can be a difficult conversation. It is scary for the individual and emotional for loved ones
, but it’s important to have that talk, before it’s too late.
Monday is National Healthcare Decisions Day. It is actually a week-long campaign from April 17-20.
UCHealth is reaching out to its employees this week to spur the conversation about stating your health care desires, so there is no question about your end of life wishes.
“I was 42 years old, I did not expect to have cancer,” said Terrie Rill , MBA-HCM, BSN, RN.
But in 2006, Rill was diagnosed with breast cancer. Before surgery, she detailed her health care decisions.
“If I’m in a vegetative state, go ahead and let me go,” said Rill.
She wanted her then-boyfriend, Dave, to be her medical power of attorney and speak for her if she wasn’t able.
“He said to me ‘I can’t do this. I love you, I need you, I’m going to keep you on this earth as long as I can,’” said Rill.