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Old 02-27-2017, 11:30 AM
 
Location: 26N x 82W
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Having given it some thought, the worst way to go is old and alone. Regardless of the cause of death, l rather die of some disease at 75 with family and friends about than to die peacefully in my sleep alone, having outlived my friends, spouse and my kids.
Agree.
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Old 02-27-2017, 11:45 AM
 
Location: SW US
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Alzheimers or anything else that prevents me from moving to a state with assisted suicide available.
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Old 02-27-2017, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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For me, Alzheimer's is the worse, especially if the one suffering from it becomes mean or abusive. Both of my parents passed away from Alzheimer's and it's a cruel, slow death. My father actually became nicer in his last few years, but my mother (who had been a wonderfully kind, sweet woman all her life), became abusive and angry. It was horrible and I have vast personal experience with it.

I wouldn't wish Alzheimer's on my worst enemy.
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Old 02-27-2017, 11:58 AM
 
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We all have these fears; but they become more likely to give us food for thought as we age. Like almost everyone, I hope to just not wake up someday when my time here is done. But, not everyone is so lucky. Among the life ending scenarios we most fear, which is the worst in your mind?


Alzheimers

Cancer

Parkinsons

Heart Attack

Crime victim -- home invasion and being murdered
Burned badly plus multiple traumas then left untreated laying there.
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I knew a type 2 diabetic who lost both legs, went blind, was on kidney dialysis, and getting close to losing a hand before he died. He spent the last 4 yrs of his life in a nursing home, and was only 65 when he died.
Same - I had an ex's mother lose a leg from gangrene and other horrible issues after untreated diabetes. Had she taken care of herself and followed medical advice, it likely wouldn't have happened.
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:02 PM
 
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Being burned alive is the worst way I can think of.
Being burned but surviving, then dying slowly in rubble or out in the woods.

Some fighters in Afghanistan and Iraq have met their end this way. Would be really bad if one was green and 18 or 19, whole life ahead ... until it's not. Then, then pain ... and eventual shut down.

Process could take a week or more.

Not everyone gets evac'ed. Some die all alone, in unbelievable pain, out there.

The lucky ones can still reach their side arm and preempt the inevitable.
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:15 PM
 
Location: WA
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Worst way to die? ANY disease or condition that has a protracted period of suffering would be my last choice.

The other end of the spectrum is an instantaneous death. For example, the passengers aboard the Germanwings flight where the pilot flew the aircraft at high speed into a mountainside.

The individuals experienced minutes of sheer terror, knowing that their death was imminent. But, at 400-500 mph, there is no way that they could have experienced their own demise, because their bodies were destroyed before any pain signals could have traveled to the brain.

So, it was as if a switch was flipped and they were gone. It is a bit scary to think that even though we may feel solid and strong, our existence is really tenuous and could be snuffed out any second in a violent accident of some sort. You could say that would be the "best" way to go, but I'm not so sure.

Does anyone feel like they want to experience the moment of transition between life and death, or would you rather skip that part of the movie and just go to "black" instantaneously?
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:32 PM
 
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well that was a fun read....
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Old 02-27-2017, 01:06 PM
 
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Same - I had an ex's mother lose a leg from gangrene and other horrible issues after untreated diabetes. Had she taken care of herself and followed medical advice, it likely wouldn't have happened.
Even with adequate care of a diabetic, infections can come out of nowhere. I had taken over total care of my father after his stroke. One day, about two years in, I noticed a red area around the big toe area of the foot. I kept an eye on it, but by the next day, it was double size and I knew it was bad news. Took him to his podiatrist who immediately hospitalized him for 7 days while they treated him with IV antibiotics. They also had to drain infection from the toe, but the doctor wouldn't know until the actual surgery how much infection there was and whether or not he'd have to take the toe as well. Luckily not, but even with care, with a diabetic, you never know.
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Old 02-27-2017, 01:17 PM
 
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Drowning. The thought of being under water gasping for air terrifies me...

I never would have thought drowning was such a bad way to go. But when I was in ICU after surgery involving a carotid artery, my throat swelled up so badly that I felt as though I were drowning in my saliva for 18 hours. It takes a lot to frighten me but that did the job and I now agree that drowning would be a terrible way to die.

Burning to death is, in my opinion, the worst possible way to go.
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