Should a terminally ill person decide when to die?
October 10, 2015 6:18pm CST
There are many things to consider about this subject as it is not an easy one. But my mother, aged 92, and after being in dialysis for over 2 years and each day with more pain, one day decided that enough was enough. She talked to us, she told us to excuse her, but she was going to stop having dialysis. At that moment, her body was very frail, everything hurt her, but her mind was sound. In my country you have the right to accept or not a dialysis procedure as it is not what you´d call assisted death. Doctors were very helpful as to give her all the pain meds that she needed and she passed aways in peace. I think that quality of life is more important that the quantity of it. She had a good and long life. What else could we all want? I would like your opinions on this. What do you want for yourself?
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• Bhubaneswar, India
12 Oct 15
@marguicha Right. But somewhere, I do think that this should be permitted by law - but upon the discretion of a panel of doctors - I would not say just one doctor as it is easy for one person to be biased and give a wrong judgement. In places where they dont permit this, there are many who keep dying multiple times every day which is more painful.
• Boise, Idaho
11 Oct 15
I agree with you. Quality, not quantity of it. If it were me I would also want my family to feel okay with letting me go. I am so thankful to the hospice nurses who helped me when my mother was in the last stages of rectal cancer. She had had the surgery to remove the cancerous tumor but were only able to remove 97% of it. That 3% is what finally killed her. The Hospice nurses told me that patients will try to hang on for the family. If I were to tell her it was okay then she could go peacefully.