Tag: enjoying life

Take Advantage of Free Palliative Care Webinars, Podcasts and Videos

May 4, 2019

Would you like to know about a medical team that can help you manage the symptoms and stress of living with a serious illness?  If you have cancer, COPD, heart or kidney disease, Parkinson’s, or any other serious illness, you might benefit from palliative care. If you don’t know much about it, watch and listen to the webinars, podcasts and videos on GetPalliativeCare.org.  You will learn from other patients, caregivers and palliative care experts as they explain how a referral to a palliative care team can help provide improve your quality of life. … Read More

Treating Chronic Pain: Kelly’s Palliative Care Story

March 10, 2019

When Kelly—a central New Jersey woman in her early 30s—is asked what brings her joy, she doesn’t have to think very hard.

“It’s definitely being with my young son. He’s my world. His smile lights up my life,” says Kelly.

Since she was 12 years old, Kelly has faced an array of medical issues. Over the years, she has dealt with lupus, mitochondrial disease, a clot in her lung and main vein to the heart, and autonomic neuropathy. These issues have caused additional heart and bladder problems, as well as gastropareses, which affects the normal movement of muscles in the stomach. Kelly had done her best to deal with the chronic pain for nearly half her life, but in 2016, the issues became unbearable, and even the smallest task became an issue. … Read More

How to Find Palliative Care

February 8, 2019

If you or a loved one is living with a serious illness and struggling with pain, stress or other symptoms, a referral to a palliative care team can help provide relief and improve your quality of life.  While a doctor referral is usually necessary, here’s a place to start: the Palliative Care Provider Directory on GetPalliativeCare.org.  The Provider Directory is designed to help you find and locate palliative care in your area, quickly and easily.  

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Are you living with an illness and feeling tired all the time? Palliative care can help.

January 15, 2019

If you’re living with an illness, it’s not unusual to also suffer with fatigue. Fatigue is the feeling of being easily tired so that you are unable to do everyday tasks.  You may feel especially forgetful, have a sense of general weakness, and feel unable to focus.

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of illness, but it is often not recognized by doctors. If left unaddressed, this symptom can undermine your quality of life and even your ability to pursue treatment for your illness.

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Managing Shortness of Breath to Improve Your Quality of Life

Listen and watch on-demand here.

Recorded: February 12, 2019 @ 1:30 ET

Featured Presenter:
Tara Liberman, DO
Northwell Health

Webinar Description:
Shortness of breath is one of the most common symptoms for people living with a serious illness. It can be caused by asthma, cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), pneumonia, or other conditions. Struggling for air can be exhausting and frightening for you and for your caregivers. A palliative care team can help. Palliative care is available at any stage of your disease and the earlier you get it, the better.  … Read More

Did you know?

December 17, 2018

How do I know if palliative care is right for me?
Palliative care may be right for you if you suffer from pain, stress or other symptoms due to a serious illness.  Illnesses may include cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and many more. You can have palliative care at any age and at any stage of your illness, and you can have it together with treatment meant to cure you.

What can I expect from palliative care?
You can expect relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. Palliative care helps you carry on with your daily life. It improves your ability to go through medical treatments. It helps you better understand your condition and your choices for medical care. In short, you can expect the best possible quality of life.  … Read More

Quality of life with liver disease. Palliative care can help.

October 24, 2018

If you are living with liver disease, you know that your illness can affect almost every part of your body and the way you feel emotionally. It’s a difficult road to travel and can be frightening for you and for your loved ones. Palliative care can help. … Read More

Maintaining control with Parkinson’s disease through palliative care

October 14, 2018

If you or someone you love is living with Parkinson’s disease, there are ways to improve your quality of life. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are medications and treatments that can reduce the symptoms. A medical specialty called palliative care can help.

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Palliative care for leukemia and lymphoma is important for you and your family

September 5, 2018

If you have leukemia or lymphoma, you and your family are on a difficult journey. But you don’t have to travel it alone. Palliative care can help.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with serious illnesses like leukemia and lymphoma. It is focused on treating the pain, symptoms, and stress of the illness, with the goal of improving quality of life for you and for your family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists, who work together with your other doctors to give you an added layer of support. It is available at the same time as all your other treatments.

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The Vindicator

Houck family highlights importance of palliative care ahead of Meritage of Miracles

August 29, 2018  /  By Jessica Hardin