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This question should be discussed with your immediate family and/or close friends, and with your physician. The original should remain in a place that your family knows about, and a copy should be given to the person who may need to present it on your behalf and your physician. A copy should remain in your medical file. If appropriate, you might also consider giving a copy to your clergy or legal advisor. It is suggested that you carry a card in your wallet stating that you have an advance directive. You should also bring a copy of your advance directive with you (or have someone else bring it) when you go to the hospital.
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