As demonstrated in the short story “Letting Go” by Atul Gawande, medicine has a hard time of knowing when to “let go” when it can no longer save you. Society puts a big emphasis today on prolonging life. However this infatuation leads to maintaining the quantity of life, rather than quality. Though intensive research is constantly undergone for terminal illnesses such as cancer, HIV, Alzheimer’s etc., modern medicine has yet to find cures for such drastic diseases. Who says there are even cures possible for these terminal illnesses? I feel as a modern society we tend to take life for granted and fail to realize how short it can be. It is not until we are faced with a harsh and unfortunate reality that we truly appreciate the small details of waking up everyday…..such as the clouds in the sky, a smile from a child, or a laugh with friends.
As soon as we receive a devastatingly fatal diagnosis, we realize how quick life can change for the worse. We do all that is in our power to stop this “terminality” (terminal reality), trying everything in the medical books and research from new chemo therapies to phase-1 medications. We spend the last days of our lives trying to fight the inevitable when we should be appreciating what time we have left. After all possible trials have failed, and there is no site of relief from a disease such as cancer, the main focus should become enhancing the quality of life left. As hard as it is to do so, you must have a little FAITH in things. Everything happens for a reason, though it may not be what you have wished or planned. You can choose to either mope and be miserable about it, or learn and live with it. Have FAITH that this is not the end. Have Faith, Love and Peace in Dying. Instead of putting yourself and loved ones through numerous trials of possible failure that lead to emotional, physical, and financial burden, learn to say no. Learn to stop medicine from prolonging life to preserving the quality of life left. Learn to enjoy little things you have taken for granted before it is too late. Let all those you care about know that you love them, not to stress about your situation, and to have FAITH you all shall see each other again. Granted what I am explaining is easier said than done, but I rather die in complete PEACE surrounded by loved ones in my final stages, than being in pain and hooked up to numerous machines knowing there is no cure. Die in Peace and Die in Faith.