Tip of the Iceberg Tuesday
(A little controversy for your day)Should euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide be legal? By Kellie R. Stone (Journey Coach)
Another loaded question for you ladies today. I probably wouldn’t have given this topic much thought had I not seen my own mother die in great pain from a fourteen month bout with head and neck cancer. It’s hard to watch a loved one suffer, but it’s probably even harder for them to be the one who’s suffering. As with our right to choose or refuse medical treatment, should we be able to decide to end our suffering when nothing else can be done to relieve it? Some say yes; some say no. The line between what they call “assisted-suicide” and murder may be too fine to distinguish.
From my perspective, as one who advocates health and wellness, I find it a difficult stance to take either way. It might be something that can only be determined by the individual who is experiencing a situation that might bring up the option. I remember feeling helpless watching my mother lie in bed at the Hospice unit and even wishing that I could somehow make her pass more quickly. I pressed the button on her Morphine drip as often as I could to ease her pain, but it wasn’t enough. When she slipped into a coma, I found myself relieved that her pain would stop, or at least she wouldn’t feel it. If she had told me that she wanted to die, and I could have made it happen, honestly, I don’t know what I would have done.
It might be that not every situation of cancer or terminal illness would be right for considering physician-assisted suicide. Maybe it isn’t right at all. But then why do we put animals down when they are terminal or suffering too much pain? Aren’t humans supposed to be more important than pets? What do you ladies think about this delicate subject? Please share your thoughts with us. Be well-be beautiful