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      I just heard of another loss. The young man, Clint, was not on this board. He had melanoma several years ago, but had not had a recurrence. In March, he was taken to the hospital with pain and swelling in his legs — turned out to be blood clots there and in his lungs. Unfortunately, due to COVID, no family members were able to be with him or to see him at the rehab facility when he was moved. He didn’t have a medical POA (and was not married) so no family member was updated on his condition or given the results of the many scans and biopsies they performed while in the hospital. It turns out that he had an inoperable brain lesion and many other lesions throughout his body. He was moved to a hospice facility on Wednesday and his family was allowed to finally see him. He passed away on Thursday. He was 44.

      Folks, get your affairs in order. Make a will, sign a POA (EVERY time you enter the hospital — because each facility wants their own), talk to your family about what you want. They are hard conversations to have, but all of us need to do — not just the melanoma patients! This pandemic has shone a light on the deficiencies in our medical systems, and this is one way you can protect yourself. Clint’s dad spent a month in a city far away from his home begging to get information about his son, and to be able to see him. Don’t let this happen to you or your loved ones.

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          Oh, Susan. So very sad. Important stuff, though. For those of us with known medical problems – but really – something every adult should do. Most folks think, “that will never happen to me” or “yeah, I’ll deal with all that tomorrow”. Unfortunately, accidents and unexpected crappolla happens. Living wills and such are a relatively easy way for all of us to ensure our families are taken care of and our wishes are fulfilled no matter what happens. Thanks for sharing. Take care. celeste
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