I am a 42 year-old mother of two children. My husband and I have been married for 19 years. Together we have packed up all of our earthly belongings in a single moving truck and moved 1100 miles from anyone or anything familiar. Because of our collective tenacity and faith in each other, we have been able to survive not only this adventure, but many others as well. I am under the impression that this is to be a personal journey of reflection, but it would be only half the story to not include my husband/partner in these conversations.
As a nurse, I have seen people of all ages dealing with challenging life decisions. Some decisions were the difference between life and death, some the choice to prolong suffering or forego intervention. I have had pointed conversations with people about how their life’s choices have affected what is happening to them here and now. All of these experiences have allowed me the language and courage to broach these topics with my husband, my parents, his parents and others in my life who wanted or needed a place to talk about such things. When the time is right, we will have these conversations with our children and even their children if afforded the opportunity.