Qualifying Conditions

Cancer
Cancer is a broad term for multiple diseases in which abnormal cells in the body continue to divide and multiply.  These unhealthy cells invade tissues in the body and spread over time.  There are over 100 types of cancer.

Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a complex disease that affects the optic nerve and leads to irreversible vision loss.  Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness.

HIV
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.  It is a condition that is characterized by progressive failure of the immune system.  With most viruses, the immune system will eventually flush them from the body.  For unknown reasons, HIV is not able to be flushed naturally from the body. HIV attacks the healthy cells that fight diseases in the body.  After enough cells have been destroyed, HIV enters its final stage, known as AIDS.

AIDS
AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.  It is the final stage of the HIV infection.  At this point, there are so few healthy cells left in the body that one can easily be overrun by infections and cancers, leading to probable death.

Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is an infe3ctious disease, caused by a virus, which primarily affects the liver.  Over time, it can lead to permanent liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer and complete liver failure.

ALS
ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and is often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”  It is characterized by the progressive degeneration of motor neurons.  When motor neurons are damaged, the brain can no longer control muscle movement.  Over time, this degeneration leads to death.

Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s Disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus.  The most common type of Crohn’s Disease affects the lower part of the small intestine, called the ileum.  Symptoms are chronic and include abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease can bring about numerous behavioral changes in patients, including depression, paranoia, hallucinations, irritability, restlessness, aggressiveness and confusion.  These agitations can be triggered by environmental conditions, fear, fatigue or medical conditions.

A chronic or debilitating disease, medical condition or the treatment of that causes:

  • Cachexia
  • Severe and chronic pain
  • Severe nausea or seizures
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms