Letting Go

The article Letting Go was a very good read. It just shows how quickly ones life can change for the worse. The first example they showed with Sara is a prime example in that; she’s a newlywed woman about to give birth to their first child. After one trip to the doctor, her entire life had changed. No longer was she going to be able to be healthy and watch her child grow up. She’d be lucky to live a year. Then when the treatments weren’t responding as planned, things only got worse for her and more stressful for her and her family. Plus the bills were definitely piling up too. Then at the very end was my favorite part of the article. She “let go” and died peacefully.

            Now to the question, “what should medicine do when it cannot save your life?” There are all sorts of types of medicines these days. Whether it a pill or some type of alternative method, the ultimate goal is to get the patient better. Most times it does work, however, sometimes unfortunately it doesn’t. When it’s in this type of situation where it can’t help, all it does is delay the inevitable and bring a lot of side effects with it. The person usually doesn’t even feel alive at that point because they are aware that they are going to die, so they truthfully in their minds have nothing to live for. Then that will cause a lot of stress both for them and their family members. So my answer to this question is simple. If the medicine cannot save a persons life, then the doctors should not continue to give the patient it. The only thing it does is delay the ultimate outcome. And in return of that delay, the person grows weaker and weaker, gets more and more stressed out, and the bills keep getting higher and higher. Therefore, a person at some point must come to the realization that it is the end and let go. Live carefree for the time remaining and have no worries because they will definitely die much more peacefully then the one who prolonged it.

            In conclusion, death is inevitable. Whether someone is on heavy duty medications or not, they both are going to die at some point, so why not do it peacefully and not leave behind a huge debt. Medicine is a great thing that we have access too, but as they say not everything is 100% so sometimes you need to avert to your back up plan.   

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One thought on “Letting Go

  1. This reading I too agree was an easy one to go through, but then again it is hard to come to in full circle. When we read about others we are not one hundred percent sympathetic because it does not relate to us or anyone we love. Yes, we do feel bad and sad because deep inside we never want to go through the same turn of events. But the stories of others are shared in order to bring insight to the possibility of a “what if”. What if we were in their same shoes? Would we let the bills stack up in order to buy more time? I can agree with you however that I too would let the doctors stop giving me medicine if there was no cure and no progress. Death is a hard grasp of reality when you hear there is no cure, or you have such and such time left. I hope that in the end though we all in some way or form are able to fully get our peace of mind.

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