Hard choices with lingering illness

Re: Death’s shades of grey, Gen Y lens, June 24, 2011.

Re: Death’s shades of grey, Gen Y lens, June 24, 2011.

I was pleased to read a well balanced column. My mother suffers from MS and has done so since I can remember.

While the Jack Kevorkian trials were in the news (I was 12 or so)  I told my mom, through tears, if that was her choice I would support her, however, I would have no participation in the end result.

At the time I felt that was the best I could do in a single parent, single child home. She is tenacious but now bed ridden with late-set dementia. She has not had a terrific time of things. Her choice has always been hers.

Although I would never, after 40 years of watching, carry on in that direction of decay, I respect her wishes and would still help her if she chose to euthanise herself. Note this is never an easy decision to offer nor witness. The whole situation stinks. Never was my opinion offered in anyway other than lovingly.

Angela Hanes

View Royal

 

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