A few weeks ago, the news broke that the Obama administration was prepared to move ahead with the "end-of-life planning" provision of the Affordable Care Act, both of which have been the target of so much misinformation.
Our personality does not make us more or less likely to get cancer, and its successful treatment is not essentially a matter of our outlook.
This new grief is different. For one thing, it includes the loved one with the diagnosis. It also draws in the entire family into a prolonged crisis that some of our interviewees aptly described as "learning to live with death."
Diseases and conditions that once proved quickly fatal no longer are. Instead, individuals and their families are increasingly likely to find themselves mired in a protracted process that only begins with a diagnosis.
Given our current economic circumstances, we can't reasonably expect government to step in and provide the human resources that veterans and their caregivers need, leaving us with only one viable solution.