I was reading CNN this week, and found a very misleading article entitled,
It was an opinion piece, and I’m still furious at the life-at-all-costs doctor type deciding he knows better than me that there is nobility in suffering.
Rather than being honest with his patient that the matter went against his personal beliefs, he tries to turn the right-to-die with dignity movement into something demanding spiritual intervention.
According to the homily-based viewpoint of this Doc, “He who has a “why” to live can bear almost any “how”‘.
I have plenty of reasons to live, but if my body is not going to allow it, and I’ve been on this journey for multiple rounds during my 57 years here, what is the purpose of denying me relief from suffering?
According to this doc, “We are sent to heal even when cure is not possible. What we should be trying to heal is often not physical disease or clinical depression, but a person’s sense of insignificance and hopelessness, which we cannot heal by eliminating the person.”
What the physician is willfully overlooking is the fact that one doesn’t need to feel insignificant, hopeless or clinically depressed to choose euthanasia. One just has to be tired of the fight to live when they no longer have quality of life, cannot do things they used to enjoy without pain, or at all, and – last time I checked – none of us gets out of here alive under any circumstances.
Choosing to die in peace, at home in their own bed, is what my Mom wanted. We made that possible for her. It was humane. It was loving. I reject the doctor’s viewpoint that choosing an end to life is wrong. If the doc can’t do what the patient asks – fine.
But, find the patient another doc who will honor his wishes, or set him free to find one who will, vs. trying to dress it up in pretty colors by dragging out the decline over weeks or months because you (the doctor) see some personal benefits to others suffering while under your care.
In reality, death needs help for one to die at home under hospice care, I will always go on record that I’m ready when my time comes, as fighting to live is exhausting with a chronic condition, and one has a right to avoid suffering needlessly.
That choice doesn’t make me suicial, depressed or morally bankrupt. That just makes me a realist who plans ahead.