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Autonomy: The Patient is the Patient – the family isn’t Autonomy

    Many patients facing illness or disease that places their lives at risk do not generally ask why their life is at an end. Instead they often ask, “Why did I live at all?”  “What difference did my life make? It is remarkable how disempowered one feels when seriously ill. Dr Paulina Taboada, describes it:      “Indeed, perhaps the most devastating aspect of despair is the inability to find meaning.”      When we become weak, confused and exhausted we often enter into a void where our thoughts and decisions are distanced from us. As football coach Vince Lombardi said,…