How Palliative Care Helps with the Symptoms and Stress of EAD
Meet twenty-three year old Aly, a college student who lives with Eosinophil-Associated Disease (EAD) of her gastrointestinal system. With multiple symptoms including chronic pain and discomfort, as well as stress, Aly’s palliative care team helps her manage it all.
This means helping Aly set goals for herself—both short term and long term—so that she is still able to participate in social activities, and attend band marches and performances at school. They also help her by working closely with her other doctors.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.
How Can I Learn more?
To hear more of Aly’s story of how palliative care is helping her, click here.
Listen to a palliative care doctor talk about how palliative care can help during a webinar on January 25, 2022, hosted by American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED). Click here to register.
If you would like to learn more about how palliative care can help someone living with EAD, click here. Or, to find out how you or a loved one can benefit from palliative care, regardless of the illness, visit https://getpalliativecare.org/rightforyou/
GetPalliativeCare.Org is an online resource for patients and families that focuses solely on providing information on palliative care from the point of diagnosis. At GetPalliativeCare.org you can take a short quiz to see whether you could benefit from palliative care, and find a nearby provider. The site is provided by the Center to Advance Palliative Care.