Sunday, March 6, 2011

51 hours left to live

So, this was on Reddit today. Some of you probably already read this.

The user Lucidending posted:

On Tuesday I'll finally end my battle with cancer thanks to Oregon's Death with dignity act. As part of my preparations I've ended my pain medication and am trying to regain what little dignity and clarity I can.

Who I was doesn't matter. I'm in pain, I'm tired and I'm finally being granted a small shred of respect. Feel free to AMA if you're so inclined.


He (Lucidending) had some poignant comments to make.


Lucidending [S]
That nothing we have is worth hurting anyone else for. It's all fleeting people. Stop seeing race, color, sex, religion, etc.... Theyre all just people, and if you try to love them you won't lose anything.

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scaredamerican88:

You'll be in my thoughts.

A lot of people oppose death with dignity, labeling them "doctor assisted suicide". Do you have any words that might convince people who oppose it why you chose this option?

Thanks for taking some of your last moments to talk to us.

Lucidending:

Yes, I do. Why do they oppose peoples right to not suffer? It takes numerous doctors to get here ensuring no one uses this option recklessly. My care is a huge burden to my loved ones, and it's not fair to position your suspicions over their realities.

And yes, religion is at best a suspicion. None of us knows...

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Elseone:

Are you scared of dieing? Are you scared of being dead?


Lucidending :

Terrified, but I won't ever tell my family that. I hope it doesn't hurt

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jethonis:

Do you believe in an afterlife? Either way did it effect you decision?

Lucidending:

No and no. Pain and fear drove this decision. I've lost my ability to walk, travel, love.... There's no future but pain, so why not?


Ripped the quotes from a SA.com thread by MisterRoboto. Let's stay grateful.

32 comments:

  1. Man, that's so sad. He's seems pretty brave to me.

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  2. Yeah I think that doctor assisted suicide should be allowed in certain cases, such as this man's.
    Interesting post.

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  3. his first comment is on point, hope his ending is painless

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  4. That's sad. I'd hate to make a decision on whether to live with pain or die.

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  5. Wow such deep insight. It's sad to see such good people have to go.

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  6. Wow. I work in a hospital and see things like this every week. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. It helps me prepare my heart for taking care of those in pain.

    .Ashley.Rae.
    araeofstyle.blogspot.com

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  7. Very grateful for life.
    But this is depressing.

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    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  8. powerful...some of the talks I had with my mum while she died from cancer are still to this day the most powerful convos I have ever had...

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  9. I think this is one of the saddest yet strangely strong things I have ever read. Thanks for sharing it with us...

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  10. Wow, powerful. Mortality is a threatening thing on us all. This is a brave person.

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  11. Good for him. I don't see why anyone would ever oppose this. It's your life. You should have the right to end it if you wish. Now, I will say that since this a "clinical procedure", the doctor should be 100% comfortable with it.

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  12. an inspiring post, but also sad.
    As Rick said: "never gonna give you up..."

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  13. wow that is so cool. followed. follow back please thanx
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  14. thanks for you wonderful comment!!!

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  15. It's always sad to see people in this position. But also comforting to know that this is absolutely what they want. I've seen plenty of people in Australia that are denied the right to not suffer because it is illegal here.

    It's their life, why not let them choose at least when it's going to end?

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  16. yep, if you can't cease someone's pain then you should let them choose their own way.

    I hope he can find peace

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  17. wow this is actually quite scary it reall got my emotions going that could only mean one thing...nice job!!

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  18. I hope I can meet my end with curiosity and dignity instead of fear and pain. I say good luck to him and I hope there is an afterlife for him to explore.

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  19. Makes me shudder. I can't imagine ever wanting to end my life, but I've never been tested that way. I hope I never am.

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  20. wow. thats nuts bro.

    showing love!

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  21. If that's what he wants, I'm glad he is finally going to rest. Brave man.

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  22. I faced mortality when i was barely 12 years old, a parent was dying of cancer. She luckily lived but she even told us in the end she didnt want any medication. I'm very grateful it never came to that.

    catiesjourney.blogspot.com

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