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Living with Serious Illness Overview

When you are living with a serious illness, making a plan for how and where you will receive care is important. It is often a difficult process that depends upon your illness and the medical care you need, your prognosis, your insurance, your family caregiver situation, and your financial situation.

Talk with your physician about your medical plan of care and the challenges you are having or may be anticipating. He or she may be able to offer suggestions about how to approach day-to-day issues as well as suggest resources for how you can get additional help making a plan. The more confident you are in the plan and the more support you have, the more successful you will be in living with your illness.

This section reviews care in different settings and explains important services: