It is hard to know when it is time to “let go.” While I was reading the article, it seemed to me that Sara and her family already discussed what to do with her life but they kept trying to prolong it. Situations like these make me wonder what medicine should do when it cannot save life. Sara kept trying to battle her cancer but the reality is that the treatments were not helping much at all; it was actually making it worse. Not everyone can handle situation in which they know they are dying and cannot face it but the way I see it, is that she should have enjoyed her last couple of months instead of trying treatment after treatment. Eventually there has to be a time to let go. I definitely got emotional at the end when her husband says “It’s O.K. to let go, you don’t have to fight anymore. I will see you soon.” It must be so hard going through something like that when you know your loved one wants to keep going and stay strong but in reality, there’s not much that can be done.
What to do when someone is nearing the end is totally up to that person. I believe everyone has the right to decide what they want to do when it comes to death and how they want to die because everyone’s situation is different. Medicine helps us live longer and bring a sense of hope to the family but some treatments and surgeries are really hard on the body which can make the patient worse. There is no win win. Sara wanted to die at home, not in a hospital. If she would have done hospice instead of treatment after treatment, she probably would have been more comfortable in a different sitting. Like the article says, “Hospice deploys nurses, doctors, and social workers to help people with a fatal illness have the fullest possible lives right now. That means focusing on objectives like freedom from pain and discomfort, or maintaining mental awareness for as long as possible, or getting out with family once in a while.” In the end, death is something that affects everyone involved and it is never easy but it is up to the patient when they realize that medicine is not going to save you, just let go and enjoy what you have left.