May 3, 2021 8:56am CST
God forbid this happens to anyone here, but if you got a fatal diagnosis, do you think you would live until the bitter end or would you try to hasten the process with suicide? Suicide would be tempting, however possibly failing and living like a vegetable with others having to tend to you for possibly years would be worse. I think if I could be assured to be virtually pain free I would try to live. Otherwise, i might be tempted to make a final exit at least as it got close to the end. I have always been a healthy person..and don't think I would cope well with being chronically ill.
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• Wapello, Iowa
I agree with you. It depends on pain. Doctors say that cancer patients stop crying towards the end not because the pain has gone away but because they no longer have the strength to show how much they're suffering. And it gets worse every minute. I don't want to go through that.
• United States
Well, I think sometimes the pain can be managed fairly well. They said Alex Trebek was not in pain at the end and was well enough to sit on his porch swing on his last day. Of course some people are just stoic too, and don't want to let on how they are feeling.
• United States
My faith is in God and whatever my lot in life He will help me. I haven't had been in these shoes myself as I have been blessed to be healthy all of life. I watched my Dad be confined to a bed for the last 7 months of his life because of terminal sickness. He praised God everyday God gave to him until he passed. I watched my father in law also be confined to bed for the last 10 months of his life. Unfortunately with his Alzheimer's he got to the point he didn't know us or could talk. It is hard to watch them go through it but it makes you think about your own mortality. But it also shows you God's grace in those moments, where you can have talks with them. Had they chosen to check out, I wouldn't have those precious memories. I have watched other loved ones go through terminal cancer and the grace God helped them through until it was their time to go. Do I understand someone wanting to take their own life with a terminal illness, yes I do. Do I judge them if them do, absolutely not, that isn't for me to do.