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The Right TO Die

I just read on Fox News again about how a 29 year old woman had decided the date when she will die.

Brittany Maynard is only 29 yrs old and just been married over a year. They were planning a family but after their marriage she started to experience sever and so she went for a check up. She was with early 2014 and the doctor gave her 10 years to live. She had an operation a partial and a partial resection of the . Both surgeries were done to stop the growth of her tumor and she had them done 9 days after she was diagnosed, after so many and .

In April she found out her tumor returned and was more deadly than the first which was grade II or a severe brain tumor. She progressed to , the form of cancer with an average life expectancy of 14 months but she was given only 6 months.

She was told that death would be painful and slow and was recommended. But when she found out that the radiation will not prolong her life but make her ill and bed ridden and more hospital stay she decided against it, along with her husband and family.

She did not want her family or herself to suffer so she researched about "death with dignity" and found there were 5 States in the US that allows it and Oregon was closest to California where they lived. So they transferred and had to find physicians, change almost everything to get . It was just lucky for her that their family has the resources to do all that. The "Death with Dignity Act" allows a person who is terminally ill to be able to end their life. It is an option for the mentally competent, terminally ill patients with a prognosis of six months or less to live. It would enable the use of medical practice of aid in dying. They could request and receive a prescription from a physician for medication that they could self-ingest to end the dying process if it becomes unbearable. She .

She has the on hand kept in a safe place where everyone knows where it is. She said having it on hand makes her feel calmer. If ever she changes her mind she won't take it. Just knowing she has a choice makes her feel better and at peace.

Her plan is to celebrate her husband's birthday on Oct. 26 and if no improvement in her health, she plans to die on Nov. 1 with her family, husband and a very close friend with her.

For me I think that is good because why suffer more when you know their is no cure. Just to be given a choice can make you feel at .

While she was still able to she went around and went to places she has not gone to. Her last wish is to see the Grand Canyon before her husband's birthday. It is painful for the family but they her wishes.

She said it is not and she does not want to die but if she has to die, she wants to die with .This law was passed in 1997 and so far more than 750 people have used it.

Maynard plans to raise the awareness of end-of-life rights by working with advocacy organization Compassion & Choices and The Brittany Maynard Fund to help those who may need help.

I know a lot of the deeply will be this but it is helpful for those .


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Comments

bestwriter wrote on October 9, 2014, 12:05 AM

Misuse of this facility is the reason why it is not encouraged specially when patients are in a comma.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on October 9, 2014, 12:28 AM

but it does state mentally capable so i think if they are still able to talk and alert then that is when they can qualify

bestwriter wrote on October 9, 2014, 12:33 AM

You are right but people always find loopholes in any legislation, sadly.

MegL wrote on October 9, 2014, 8:59 AM

This is a very necessary service for those who are terminally ill. Many years ago (between 50 and 60) a next door neighbour had kidney disease. They did not have the medications then that are available these days for reducing pain and his wife described how he spent the last 3 days of his life screaming in pain before he died! That is barbaric. Death with dignity should be available for all who need it and want it and are mentally capable of requesting it. Someone in a coma does not feel pain and has no knowledge of their state. They are mentally incapable of requesting this service. Of course, their relatives are able to ask for life support services to be removed if these are being used.

Feisty56 wrote on October 9, 2014, 11:20 AM

Oregon and other states with laws that allow mentally competent people the choice to die with dignity have crafted a law with compassion. How rare is that? As Maynard explains, she now has choices, where without the law, there would be few choices available. She and other unfortunate people who find themselves in this same situation are not held totally helpless to a disease and its processes.

LoudMan wrote on October 9, 2014, 11:27 AM

I've never heard a valid argument against the right to end your own life with dignity. The only arguments I've ever heard against it are either based on someone else's personal religious beliefs or from those who don't want to say goodbye. I only have respect for the latter.

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 9, 2014, 11:40 AM

I am religious , so I think it is suicide. That is just what I believe with this story.

melody23 wrote on October 9, 2014, 4:21 PM

The right to die is actually a human right, many countries (UK included) don't allow euthanasia which really if you look at it is denying someone their human rights. I honestly think that anyone who has ever witnessed someone dying painfully would agree with their right to make a choice for that not to happen. People worry about a system being abused, but in the countries that allow assisted suicide this doesn't happen because there are safeguards in place to prevent misuse.

Kasman wrote on October 9, 2014, 5:23 PM

There will never be agreement on this. Too many people will seek to impose their own views on others. We should all have the right to choose the course of our lives and when they end.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on October 9, 2014, 10:40 PM

if you read it she said she does not want to die or to commit suicide for her it was a choice after researching and consulting there was no cure and was told it would be a painful and slow death. if she had a choice and found cure she would take the cure but just having the medication helps her feel at peace IF she ever decides to go thru with that. I am also religious but if I were given a choice to die slowly and painfully and your family suffer or to die in a dignified way with less pain and leaving less stress and pain for your family, I'd take the latter.

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 10, 2014, 10:15 AM

I do see what you are saying.

CoralLevang wrote on October 10, 2014, 10:40 AM

As someone who has been told that I have "six months" and am still living 2 1/2 years later, I could make an argument on either side of this debate. I was going to take my life, and I received a phone call on the day that I was to do it. The following day I had a new appointment with a different doctor and told that it will not likely be 6 months, but 6 years.

I am glad that I did not take my life that day and that I am still alive, but there will come a day when I will be at the end and others will have to watch my demise. Having watched that process with others, and seeing the pain they have endured (unnecessarily, in my opinion), when it comes time, I may seriously consider that as an option.

LisaSteinmetz wrote on October 10, 2014, 9:34 PM

As far as I'm concerned it's her choice and that's all that matters. As long as her husband and family accept it then there should be no problem. Hopefully though she will tell them if she is going to do it and not allow them to come home to find her gone.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on October 11, 2014, 8:55 AM

she has a date already Nov. 1 with only her husband, parents and a best friend but like she said if ever there is a change she will not take it,but just having it makes her feel at peace