You or someone you love has been diagnosed with a serious illness: cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic lung disease, dementia or stroke. You’ve been told “it can’t be cured but there are treatments that can buy some time.” The disease is causing bothersome or distressing symptoms. You and your family are sad and scared, wondering what to expect as time goes on. You wonder to whom you can turn for support, help managing symptoms, assistance navigating medical decisions. Someone suggested you seek out palliative care but you’ve heard that’s the same as hospice and you’re not ready for that stage. There is always hope. The key is in being thoughtful about what you choose to hope for.