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Focusing on what's important to you

After your diagnosis, it’s quite common to start thinking about what matters in life and how you want to live in the future.

Whether you choose to carry on as normal or break from your routine, it can help to talk through your wishes with family and health professionals. Most people living with terminal illness still enjoy happy times.

Enjoying routines

Some people make maintaining normality for as long as possible their main goal. They may continue to work, keep up with hobbies, or carry on with a daily or weekly routine.

If this is important to you, try to talk about your wishes with your family and health and social care professionals. This will give them a clearer understanding of the best type of care, support and treatment to provide. It’s possible that you may have to adjust your plans and expectations based on the care and treatment choices available.

Beginning a new chapter

For many people, being diagnosed with a terminal illness is a trigger. It encourages them to break out of routines, live life to the full and take care of unfinished business.

This may involve:

  • going on holiday to places you’ve always wanted to visit
  • revisiting places that have been important in your life
  • trying new experiences or learning new skills
  • contacting people important to you to share your feelings with them
  • creating memory boxes   for family and friends that feature messages, photographs and special items
  • writing letters or recording CDs or DVDs for family and friends to remember you by
  • settling old disagreements so you feel more at peace
Julia said she’d love to see the sea again. We went along the seafront, visited an arcade, had some delicious fish and chips, and didn’t stop laughing.
Lesley, Marie Curie Helper

Again, whatever you decide is right for you, it can help to discuss what you want with family and friends, or your nurse or doctor. This can help them to understand your choices and provide the support you need to achieve the quality of life you want. 

Keeping active

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