Does today’s modern medicine make for a better ending? The answer to this question is far from concrete with infinite variables at the end of life. This article gave a raw perspective of people on their journey and its closure. It was not only eye-opening but unique to give these scenario’s through a doctor’s eyes. The doctor’s weight of delivering critical news to patients are rarely considered, not to mention how carefully they may have to manage sensitive situations with patients.
It is a matter of quality versus quantity and the almighty taboo topic of death. Modern medicine prolongs life, no one can deny that fact but is it a life you would want to live? When you ask someone how they want to die they typically say quick and painless, not the latter. The story of Sara Monopoli was a whirlwind of emotions. I admire her strength and fight through various chemotherapy treatments and new drug trials. Her will to live was very strong but unfortunately she had to succumb to the disease. It was a gut wrenching battle for herself and her family. At what point do you give in? Everyone wants to die in their sleep but if not are any of us courageous enough to say enough is enough. No one knows what their limit is or how they will feel until they are in a terminally ill situation. I must say reading this article was amazing but makes me hope I will have the strength to let myself go when the time comes.
On the other hand, you have the 29 year old young man with an inoperable brain tumor. He chose to go without treatment and to enjoy his time left with his family “untainted” if you will, like back in a period where people did die sooner than later. In comparison to Sara’s story, the young man’s choice was much more favorable on many accounts with an absence of medication. He didn’t witness himself deteriorate severely and neither did his family. Meanwhile, Sara’s husband Rich will never forget the groans of her last breaths before the ambulance came to take her away for her death.
I am an absolute proponent for fighting for your life but there reaches a point where maybe medicine isn’t the best option. Medicine should possibly save you life and keep you comfortable in the last days but the question the doctor posed which was an “aha” moment in the article was– “ What is dying anymore?” He didn’t know how to answer that question himself, nor would anyone else.