Control of the end

This story as well as the VIDEO is very compelling. How much control should one be given regarding ending the end of her/his life? What considerations are most important?


4 responses to “Control of the end”

  1. Well this was pretty sad. I don’t know how she sat through this video without crying, I can just imagine myself crying every second knowing that I had six months to live due to cancer (not that crying would help). I admire the fact that instead of going into a depression she took the last few months of her life to spend time with the ones she love doing what she loves to do.
    In regards to having control of her death in the end, I think she should have the right to chose when the end should be rather than having to suffer through an excruciating death brought on by the cancer. I definitely think that all the states should have this since none of them have a cure to the illness that she possessed. I think it is immoral to force someone into living through pain and suffering to know they are still going to die in the end because of it.

  2. Ashley Hopkins says:

    This was a very touching video to watch. I think it is very sad how some people know they are going to die in just a matter of months. I could see myself crying through this whole video making. This lady is a very strong person. They say that good people die young and she is known as a very bright person who loves to travel. I found it really sad how her and her husband were trying to make a family and she found out she had brain cancer. Not everyone wants kids, but for people who do want kids, this would be very heartbreaking! I think a person should choose how they want to die and where they want to die. It really surprised me that only five states in the United States allow terminally ill patients the right to die with dignity.

  3. Chelsea Bredeson says:

    This video hits close to home. Anybody who has to watch a family member go through the turmoil of cancer is a very heartbreaking situation and knowing that you can’t do anything is agonizing. I think what this woman did is outstandingly brave. Obviously nobody wants to willingly end their life, but in her case, she knew how long she had to live. She knew things were progressing in the wrong direction. I don’t think her wanting to end her own life is immoral at all. Why make people suffer longer than they should have to? That seems immoral.

  4. Pete Glowinski says:

    How much control should one be given? That’s a strange question and I hope it was a slip or typo. It implies we are ultimately not in control of ourselves; that we do not possess free will. This lady’s story was pretty sad I guess, but I found myself thinking about how fortunate she is to be in a position that affords all those bucket list experiences, in comparison to most other people in similar situations. I also thought about how strange it must be to know when you’re going to die at such a young age, but it really isn’t a strange concept considering every troop we send into combat must have a will prepared prior to deploying. Although not as absolute as a life ending cancer diagnosis, death is no less real and the same considerations must be made. Having gone through that, I don’t think I have a lot of empathy for this woman.
    I think it’s great that she can decide for herself when she’s had enough. She gets to go out on her own terms, and everybody gets to say their goodbyes. win,win.

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