I am actually kind of reluctant to post this here, given the nature of this forum. But I figured it would be a discussion worth having.www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/death-dignity-advocate-brittany-maynard-dies-oregon-n235091
So if you haven't heard, Brittany Maynard is a 29 year old girl. She had a lot going for her, and she was a newlywed. Young and beautiful. But she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor that was going to take her life in six months, in an apparently painful and scary way.
She decided to move to Oregon, a state with Death with Dignity legislature, so she could choose when she died instead of letting the brain tumor take her violently. You can only get the drugs to take your life from a doctor if you are a resident of a state where DwD is legal. She's been advocating for more states giving terminally ill patients the choice to have control over their death rather than wait for it to take them, possibly slowly and painfully. It certainly seems to have gotten the nation's attention.
I realize this topic is probably sensitive, and everyone has their own viewpoint, so I please ask that we keep the discussion respectful. Personally, I think patients with terminal illnesses should have the option to end their life to reduce their suffering. It is part of having autonomy over your own person. No one asks for their illnesses and I think if people don't want to suffer, having the option to safely die in the presence of your loved ones seems preferable, even if it is a very hard decision to make. The person also always has the option of not taking the drugs if they wish. Sometimes having the option to end your life prepares the person to deal with what's ahead, like a safety net, almost. Apparently, in Oregon, only a third of people who get the drugs will end up taking them. I think it's a proper option to have however, for those with terminal illnesses.
Naturally, I end up wondering about
people in our position. IBD isn't a death sentence, but IBD does involve quite a bit of suffering for many. How about
people with multiple chronic conditions that aren't necessarily terminal, but involve much suffering any way? Should they have this option
I am in a flare, so my mind is not more positive as it usually is, but I don't mean to aggravate anyone's mental health issues. I hope this can be a good discussion.
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