When I think of medicine, I think of something that I use that can fix something that is wrong with my body. Alot of the times, I don’t even know what the problem is; I just take an aspirin or ibuprofen, or maybe some cold medicine and antibiotics and call it a day. Whatever I was feeling usually goes away. But what if the medicine I was taking didn’t make my symptoms go away? What if the medicine that my doctor prescribed me didn’t make my symptoms go away? What if all treatments failed to save me from a terminal illness? When medicine can not save my life, I would hope that it will at least ease my pain so I can spend the rest of my days with my family. When medicine fails as a preventative treatment, as a management treatment, and as a life saving treatment, I think it should be used as a relaxant for the patient to ease any pain.
I think that the article touched on an important point: The doctor wants to save your life, you want to see your kids grow up, your family wants to continue to see you around, but at what cost? When is enough, enough? I wouldn’t want to be like the eighty year old woman in the story (who watched her husband die with a feeding tube and a tracheotomy at a hospital) that came to the end of her life at a hospital with unwanted tubes coming in and out of her body and doped up on meds. I DO NOT want that for myself. I will do whatever it takes to save my life while I can, but I will not put my body under excessive stress to do so. I want to enjoy my last days. Even if I’m bed ridden, I’ll still be able to catch up on my favorite TV shows. Anything would be better than lying in the hospital waiting for death.
I saved these pictures on my tumblr awhile back mainly because I’m a sap for love stories. However, now that I see deeper into the story I see a woman who tried to save her own life but refused to live unhappily. She was supported and surrounding by those she cared for most and who cared for her as well. God forbid that I develop a terminal illness, but if I did I hope my story is as beautiful as hers.