Tonic Clinic defies a terminal diagnosis > Being diagnosed with a terminal illness will strike fear into the heart of the most stoic patient. If this is you, hopefully, with the help of friends, family and care professionals you have not been overwhelmed by your emotions. You have reached a level of acceptance that allows you to make the most of whatever time is left.
But is surrender your only option?
Having goals and staying creative are important parts of life, and they become more important when facing up to a life-threatening illness.
How to live with a terminal illness
Thus the NHS will tell you it is about living with an illness, rather than dying from an illness – continuing with the pleasures and responsibilities that give your life colour and meaning. You will be guided and supported so that you can make choices from the mass of possibilities presented by your diagnosis.
This is all well and good, though you will quickly realise that our culture focuses too much on youth and beauty, making it hard to discuss openly anything to do with death and dying. It is a no-go area for polite conversation, on a par with religion, politics and sex.
It is true that many journalists and celebrities have shared stories of their terminal illnesses, but it is still hard for you to discuss your grade three anaplastic asterocytoma. Best just to keep quiet and keep on smiling sweetly!
But hang on a minute. At your stage in life, there is no time to be weighed down with other people’s sensitivities. The doctrine of passive acceptance will only have one outcome, so why not become a rebel with a cause – the worst that can happen is that you go down with all guns blazing?
Our sister company The Tonic Clinic takes a radical approach to terminal conditions, such as inoperable brain tumours. It will encourage you to accept your diagnosis but defy the verdict. TonicClinic offers you hope not counselling …