The Crosswalk

A resource for navigating serious illness and end-of-life care decisions

in our hero's journey

"Behind every chronic illness is just a person trying to find their way in the world. We want to find love and be loved and be happy just like you. We want to be successful and do something that matters. We're just dealing with unwanted limitations in our hero's journey." - Glenn Schweitzer

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Coping with a Serious Illness

“A serious health problem can disrupt all aspects of your life, whether it’s a chronic or life-threatening illness, such as cancer, or a major health event such as a stroke, heart attack, or debilitating injury.

Many serious health problems seem to develop unexpectedly, upsetting your life out of the blue. You may feel overwhelmed by waves of difficult emotions—from fear and worry to profound sadness, despair, and grief—or just numb, frozen by shock or the feeling that you’ll never be able to cope. The emotional upheaval can make it difficult to function or think straight, and even lead to mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.

But whatever your diagnosis or emotional response, it’s important to know that you’re not powerless.” - helpguide.org

information and resources

to help you navigate the journey

Coping with a Life-Threatening Illness

Helpguide.org offers steps you can take to cope, ease stress, and navigate the journey.

Resources for serious illness and end-of-life care decision-making and caregiving

“Understanding and discussing topics like advance directives, palliative care, caregiving and hospice care may feel overwhelming on top of dealing with a serious or life-limiting illness.”

CaringInfo’s guides and resources can help guide you through your journey and assist in your understanding of the choices you have.

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