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 I tend to post something on this subject every couple of years, simply so that if the question ever arises, my wishes are on record and can be shown to be consistently held over time.

If I am ever in a situation where I am suffering a  terminal illness, then please respect my request if I ask to be allowed to die.  I am well aware that if I am ever in a situation where I'm in bed for more than a couple of days, my neck/back/shoulder pain will kick in and my quality of life will be greatly reduced with no hope of improvement.

If I enter a terminal coma, please switch off the machines and allow someone else to have the hospital bed!  (Or simply give me a lethal injection to speed up the process)

If I ever suffer from dementia and reach a point where I can no longer recognise my family, then please help me by finding a way to end my life.  I would not wish to continue living under such circumstances.

I wish to continue living as long as I enjoy life.  If my quality of life has gone, do not waste time/money/emotional energy trying to prolong the process.
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 If you have views on assisted dying, then you can read and comment on the draft bill to legalise assisted dying in the UK here 

For myself, I believe that it is my life and I should have the right to end it if I have an incurable illness and nothing but pain to look forward to.

I also want the right (which this bill would not give, so I've added comments)  to state my requests in advance should I become severely mentally incapacitated by Alzheimer's or similar.  I can see the logic in requiring people to be mentally competent when requesting that they be allowed to die, but I, and many in my family, have a horror of living on when our mind has gone.  I'd like to be able to state my wishes now, so that I would be allowed to die if my mind deteriorated beyond a certain point.  (If I can no longer read, and I can't recognise my family, then I'm no longer me and I doubt very much if I'd be getting any pleasure from life)

I hate the idea that the last of my money would go on expensive care for an empty shell, instead of going to my children. 
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I'm very much in the pro camp when it comes to assisted suicide.  As I'm aware that one of the arguments against assisted suicide is that people may be forced/coerced into this against their wishes, I tend to post about once a year stating my views clearly so that my family/friends have my views on public record at a time when I'm clearly of sound mind and under no pressure from anyone.

I enjoy life.  I have a fair number of aches and pains, but nothing that would make me want to stop living. To the best of my knowledge, I have no serious illnesses.  I look forward to a long life.

However, should I later in life acquire an incurable illness that either left me in continual untreatable pain or totally unable to move, then I would rather be dead.  If I suffer mental deterioration to the point where I can no longer recognise my family members, then my quality of life will have gone and I would rather be dead.

I hope the law will develop to a point where my family would not be prosecuted if they carry out my wishes in a situation where I am not able to carry them out myself.
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This is something that I intend to post around once a year, simply so that there is a record of my wishes over a long period of time.  My family already know my views on voluntary euthanasia, but if they're ever called up on to act, then I want something out there to back them up.

If I reach a stage (which I hopefully never will) when I am unable to recognise my own family (due to something like Alzheimer's), then I do not wish to continue living beyond that point.

If I reach a stage where disability and poor health (in spite of good quality medical care) have reached the stage where I have no independent mobility and am in frequent pain and have no way of doing things that I enjoy (such as sewing, chatting to friends, reading books, singing, etc.) then if I ask to die, believe me.

I have no religious beliefs and no fear of death.

As long as  I enjoy my life, I wish to continue living.  At the point where life becomes a burden to me, that's the point when I wish to cease it.

The thought that someone else's beliefs/ethics will force me to remain living when I no longer wish to do so is extremely repugnant to me.

It's my damn life.

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