Valerie’s shocking narrative about her hospital experience involves more than just a lack of informed consent. While a patient, she made known her wishes about treatment and end-of-life care by writing them on her arm, yet Valerie still felt an “overwhelming fear” about her situation and what could happen next. To document her condition as a patient, she recorded video footage. “I felt like I was…fighting two battles,” Valerie explains, “I was fighting a battle…to stay alive and…I was battling the hospital staff.” She remembers feeling “overwhelmed, scared” and worried that she would not make it out alive. Hear Valerie’s account, and similar stories, on CHD.TV.