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Wants, Wishes, and Wills: A Medical and Legal Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family in Sickness and in Health by M.D. Shawn D. Glisson, Esq. Wynne A. Whitman

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Chapter 3. Health and Medical Wills: Your Medical Conditions

Now that you’re a few chapters into Wants, Wishes, and Wills, we’ll take a moment to ask how you are, how you’re feeling, if you’re well. We’re asked this question every day by our colleagues, our family, and by strangers at the local watering hole. Usually, we respond quickly with a “Fine,” “OK,” or “Not bad.” But when we’re visiting our doctors, we need more specific responses to these questions.

A Guide to Determining Your Current Health Status

Providers always ask, “How do you describe your general state of health?” An evaluation of your medical status requires you to look at your past, present, and future. Before you do this, you need to understand the different illness categories. ...

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