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Unexpected Illness

An unexpected illness led to the ICU experience.


The storyteller experienced regret after making the decision.

Clinician perspectives

The storyteller is a clinician describing personal and/or professional experiences making decisions about life support.


The storyteller felt relieved after making the decision.

Chronic Illness

A chronic illness led to the ICU experience.

Advance care planning

The storyteller describes the importance of advance care planning in their decision making.

Surviving the ICU

The storyteller's loved one survives the ICU experience.


The storyteller felt guilty after making the decision.

Family conflict

The storyteller describes experiencing conflict within his/her family regarding the decision.

Spirituality or religion

The storyteller describes how his/her spirituality or religion played an important role in the decision.