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HOW DO I GET STARTED?

What are your end-of-life wishes? Have you talked with anyone else about them? Have you written them down?

We all plan for expected events. Vacations, weddings, the birth of a child. It is just as important to plan for the health care you want to receive in the future.

If you do not have a Health Care Power of Attorney or Living Will, then now is the time to have a conversation about Advance Care Planning (ACP).

There are three important steps to declaring your choices for your life…

THINK ABOUT IT. TALK ABOUT IT. WRITE IT DOWN.

1. Think about it

Think about your values, beliefs, and goals… How do they relate to your health care and quality of life?

What matters most to you? Who can you talk with about these important choices?

Do you have religious or spiritual beliefs that give you support, comfort and guidance?

What does it mean to you to “live well”?

2. Talk about it

Talking with loved ones openly and honestly—before a medical crisis happens—gives everyone a shared understanding about what matters most to you at the end of your life.

A conversation starter kit is a useful tool to help you begin the dialogue about your health care desires.  We’ve made this tool—and many others—available for free on our resources page.

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3. Write it down

Now it’s time to decide who will speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself.  Write it down in a South Carolina Health Care Power of Attorney form. Share this document with your loved ones and your doctors.

After you’ve talked it over and completed the Health Care Power of Attorney form, you will be able to rest easier knowing your choices about your life will be carried out the way you want them.

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You may not control life’s circumstances, but getting to be the author of your life means getting to control what you do with them.

Atul Gawande MD, MPH

MY LIFE MY CHOICES CONTRIBUTING PARTNERS

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Clinical champions and community ambassadors throughout South Carolina understand the importance of advance care planning. They know that these conversations can be difficult, but knowing our loved ones’ health care wishes are more important. We thank our champions and ambassadors for supporting My Life My Choices.

Agapé Foundation

1800 Paris Ave
Port Royal, SC 29935
(843) 473-6204

AnMed Health

800 N Fant St
Anderson, SC 29621
(864) 512-1000

Hospice and Palliative Care of the Piedmont

408 W Alexander Ave
Greenwood, SC 29646
(864) 227-9393

Prisma Health Midlands Network

5 Medical Park Rd
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 434-7000

Tidelands Health

2591 N Fraser St
Georgetown, SC 29440
(843) 546-3410