I ask forgiveness for anyone I’m about to offend in advance, but this is a very emotional subject for me.
No one should have to suffer the indignities of a fatal, long, drawn-out, painful illness.
If a person, suffering from a debilitating, and ultimately fatal disease wishes to choose to “premptively” end the agony, as it were, who are any of us to tell them no?
For crissakes, we treat our fucking PETS with more humanity than that.
I watched my grandmother go from a healthy, extremely active woman (she played on a local softball team until she was 67, for reference) to a completely defeated woman who died in some of the most brutal agony I have ever seen a human suffer, in less than a year, due to inoperative breast cancer (it had already spread too far, too fast to help her…it spread to her lungs before they could even get her into the hospital).
She spent the last weeks of her life alternatively screaming as best as her extremely weakened body would allow from the agony, or doped to her eyeballs, to the point she didn’t recognize anyone, up to and including her husband of 55 years.
I swear to all that is sacred and holy, I’d eat a fucking bullet before I died the type of death my grandmother died.
And if my grandmother had been allowed to die with her dignity and mind still intact, before the disease ravaged her body and mind, destroying everything that was “Grandma”, so help me gods, I’d have been the first one sitting at her side, holding her hand as she ended it.
Fuck anyone who doesn’t think people have the right to die with dignity. You wouldn’t let your fucking DOG suffer the death my grandmother did.
There’s no excuse, NONE, for forcing a human being to endure it.
I fully expect this to go before the Supreme Court before it’s solidified, and I’m not wishing for a federal right-to-suicide, but to let the states determine whether or not they’d allow it (with the proviso that out-of-state terminal patients would be allowed to seek suicide within states that allow it, even if it is not their resident state), but it’s really, truly gratifying to see people actually start to care about this issue beyond a morbid Kevorkian-fascination.