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Old 12-11-2008, 05:31 PM
 
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/11/wo...tml?ref=europe

What do you think:

good or bad tv?

good or bad for society?

censor or not?

right to life = right to death?
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Old 12-11-2008, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I think everyone has the ultimate right to choose how they will live - or die. To put it on TV as an educational expose is fine - as a "Survivor" style series is not. People need to see that it is not the horror that folks have made it out to be.

When one is healthy and strong, it is easy to say, "Oh, no, that's wrong!" When one is in constant pain, when one's life being prolonged by artificial means only puts more pain onto a person and more expense onto his/her family, one can begin to feel differently. I watched my father last for 10 years in excruciating pain, wanting to die, with doctors that would not let him. My own hubby now and for the past four years is in constant pain, on daily timed release morphine, yet still struggles to do what he enjoys and to work in and explore his world, doing what he can. When he reaches the point where he cannot do anything but sit or lay in pain, I would agonize every day with him - and help him pull the plug when it got too bad for him. Put it on TV? Probably not. But it might comfort me to know that there were ways for him to go that would not agonize him or make him suffer more.

It is easy to decry things of which we have no true knowledge or experience.
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:46 PM
 
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I watched this story on the news. They showed everything except him actually dying. I cried as I watched it, imagine your life being so full of pain as to wish for death? I fully support anyone in this position having that option available to them. I watched both of my grandparents die. My Grandfather died of cancer and died in terrible pain. I would much rather have the image of a peaceful painless death in my head than the one that I have. My Grandmother died one month later after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease ,she could not move or talk properly and had to have around the clock care. Even so she still spent most of her last days in frustration and agony. Again I would have liked for her to not have had to suffer like that. I don't know if they would have taken that option if it was available but imagine the suffering that could be ended with dignity if the choice was there.
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