I am not yet 30 and expect to have many healthy years ahead of me, but my wife and I discussed the questions on the one slide anyway. I learned so much about her during this discussion, including that she does not want me to be her advocate in an end-of-life-situation. She would like one of her siblings who has an MD to make the difficult choices because he would understand both her needs and the medical situation. I want to make these decisions well in advance of an end-of-life situation. If I don’t, I may not have the opportunity to convey my wishes to my loved ones, and they might always wonder whether or not they chose the right course.
-Michael Westover, 11/19/2009