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カテゴリ:a way of life
Ms. Brittany Maynard who died at 29 on the day Nov.1st 2014 wrote as below.
I was 29 years old. I'd been married for just over a year. My husband and I
were trying for a family.
Our lives devolved into hospital stays, doctor consultations and medical
research. Nine days after my initial diagnoses, I had a partial craniotomy
and a partial resection of my temporal lobe. Both surgeries were an effort
to stop the growth of my tumor.

In April, I learned that not only had my tumor come back, but it was more
aggressive. Doctors gave me a prognosis of six months to live.
Because my tumor is so large, doctors prescribed full brain radiation. I
read about the side effects: The hair on my scalp would have been singed
off. My scalp would be left covered with first-degree burns. My quality of
life, as I knew it, would be gone.

After months of research, my family and I reached a heartbreaking
conclusion: There is no treatment that would save my life, and the
recommended treatments would have destroyed the time I had left.

Because the rest of my body is young and healthy, I am likely to physically
hang on for a long time even though cancer is eating my mind. I probably
would have suffered in hospice care for weeks or even months. And my family
would have had to watch that.

I did not want this nightmare scenario for my family, so I started
researching death with dignity. It is an end-of-life option for mentally
competent, terminally ill patients with a prognosis of six months or less to
live. It would enable me to use the medical practice of aid in dying. I
quickly decided that death with dignity was the best option for me and my

We had to uproot from California to Oregon, because Oregon is one of only
five states where death with dignity is authorized.
I would not tell anyone else that he or she should choose death with
dignity. My question is: Who has the right to tell me that I don't deserve
this choice?

I plan to celebrate my husband's birthday on October 26 with him and our
family. Unless my condition improves dramatically, I will look to pass soon
When my suffering becomes too great, I can say to all those I love, "I love
you, come be by my side, and come say good bye as I pass into whatever's
next" I will die upstairs in my bedroom with my husband, mother, stepfather
and best friend by my side and pass peacefully. I can't imagine trying to
rob anyone else of that choice.

She died at Nov.1st using the drug prescribed by doctor after cerebrated her
husband’s birthday.
I have objected strongly to suicide or aid to suicide even any heavy
suffering. I have believed that human have not right to die oneself or help
to die.
But after reading this case, I thought I must think more flexibly.






Last updated  2014.11.11 21:48:06
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