If you were given just 6 months to live...

United States
April 12, 2007 7:07am CST
What would you do? Would you even want to know? Would you make it the best 6 months of your life or would you suffer every day knowing it and be miserable? Would you tell your family and friends or not? A friend of mine is in this very situation. She chose not to tell anyone about the time she had left. She wanted to live every day like it were her last and was afraid that if anyone else knew about it, they would drag her down. What about you?
4 responses
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
12 Apr 07
If I was given 6 months to live, I would go out and do all of the things that I never got to do in my lifetime, if I got the chance to. I would definitely want to know because I have alot of things to do and get done before I pass away. I would definitely try to make it the best 6 months of my life because I haven't enjoyed any of my life yet anyway. I would try not to suffer and be miserable. I wouldn't tell my family and friends. I don't speak with my family and I have no friends. I don't blame your friend for just living her last days the way she wanted to. Alot of people drag me down now, so I wouldn't say a word to anyone other than my husband and my daughter.
• United States
12 Apr 07
She struggled with her decision not to tell. She is only 40 years old. She didn't want people to feel sorry for her. She has come to terms with it and made her peace. She is also taking this opportunity to tie up loose ends. She made up with her sister whom she had had a strained relationship with for the last 3 years. Her sister is also going to Hawaii with them.
• India
12 Apr 07
its reallyy sad to know the scenario but i think that one should be cheerful n live those days happily coz this life may not come again ........... i know its easier said than done but 1 shld do watever she wishes to do anr try to fulfill all her wishes, enjoy the max, go to picnics with family n be the best......... all d best to her............
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• United States
12 Apr 07
It really is sad. She has taken care of all the details ahead of time and took an early retirement from her job. She has taken the money and done some great things with it. She has no children which might be a good thing due to the circumstances. She is taking her parents and her husband on a trip to Hawaii because they have been saying for years that they would do that. She told her family she won some money so they wouldn't know any different.
• India
12 Apr 07
Well i totally agreewith your friend.If i were to be given just 6 months to live i would live each moment to the fullest do whatever that i can do and that makes me happy,rather than tell my friends and family and make them sad!!!!! Well different people can have different views regardin this but onething is for sure that when the people close to you will come to know about it they won't be able to do anything about but will just feel sad,so instead of makin them sad it's better we enjoy ourself with them and also let them enjoy with us!!!
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• United States
12 Apr 07
I kind of agree with her too. I know that it's hard for me to act as if nothing is wrong when I'm around her and tend to think about the end. I almost wish I didn't know. I haven't told anyone that knows her about it because she asked me not to do it. And she truly has a great attitude about it. She is a person to be admired.
@glenry86 (211)
• Australia
12 Apr 07
i would quit my job and travel the world for a few months and spent my last few months around family and friends, however even when a doctor says YOU have six months so live like your friend, thats quite often untrue, sometime the person my live for serval more months or even years than first thought, but sometimes they get it wrong and you have less time than you first thought, live every day as if its your last!
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