Let Me Decide: The Right To Die



I recently attended a lecture by Dr. William Molloy, co-author of “Let Me Decide”, a health care directive guide. He instructed the audience to participate in a short exercise where they would have to make an immediate decision about an imaginary patient’s medical procedure. The decisions would be made on behalf of the patient with the audience making decisions as the patient’s doctor, their nurse, their distant relative, their child, and lastly, as the patient in question. It was not surprising to see how the degree of heroic measures lessened as we got closer to being the actual patient. Medical personnel are trained to save lives at all costs, and families often make the wrong ...

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feel pain or discomfort. The lecture brought back some bad memories. A few years ago I found it most difficult to hear about the invasive test and procedures performed on my grandmother when everyone involved knew she had stomach cancer and it had spread to her bladder. It seemed cruel to insist an 89-year-old woman, who was confused due to the pain and medication, have chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This went on for about three weeks, until some of the younger members of the family, including myself, insisted that the procedures were more of a torture than a cure. Maybe or words instilled guilt on my uncle, or maybe he could see she was suffering. After all the heroics stopped, she died peacefully a few days later. What I found most ironic was that six out of my grandmother’s eight children worked in health care. Had my grandmother made her wishes known before her illness, her last days would have been peaceful and comfortable, and she would have been able to die ...

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