Mumbles … Terminal

This is something I just heard about on Facebook (I must have snoozed through this part of the news).  The Iowa legislators have introduced the End of Life Options Act.  It would allow those patients that have been told they have 6 months or less to live the option to take a medication that would let them die peacefully.  There are currently nine states that have enacted similar legislation for those terminally ill.

Of course, there are arguments on both sides, but I feel once you hear you are terminal it is normal to get your affairs in order.  Why can’t that include deciding how long you suffer at the end of your life?  I have a friend who was asked to attend another friend’s end of life passing.  She was surrounded by family and friends who all loved her, and it was very peaceful she said.  Still some of her family refused to be there.  But it was ultimately her decision.

I know there are new discoveries every day in medicine.  But this is one medical decision I think should be allowed to be up to the patient.  What do you think?

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – terminal

9 thoughts on “Mumbles … Terminal”

  1. I wholeheartedly agree. If I know that I have six months to live and that I will be enduring pain and suffering during that period, I’d would prefer to put an end to it and die on my terms and in relative peace.

  2. As a terminal patient, this has become extremely personal and incredibly important to me. We don’t have medical aid in dying in Florida yet but it may be important enough to move. If my cancer goes to my brain my husband knows what I want to happen. It’s a personal choice that isn’t best for everyone.

    1. I am saddened to hear of your condition. But thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. It is a personal choice, you are right. No different than a DNR (do not resuscitate) decision being made. No one wants to suffer more than necessary. My best wishes to you!

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