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Euthanasia Granted for a Terminally-Ill Woman

Euthanasia Granted for a Terminally Ill Woman

Apparently, the world is more accepting to the idea of a person’s right to end her/his own life, from NBCNEWS.com, written by B. Briggs…

Brittany Maynard fulfilled her final wish Saturday, purposely ending her own life on her own schedule, activists close to her family confirmed Sunday night.

She was 29. She was diagnosed earlier this year with a fatal brain tumor — told the cancer likely would kill her in six months. But she had no intention, she said, of allowing the disease to control how she lived, or how she died.

Maynard had planned since spring — a bittersweet stretch packed with “bucket list” moments, seizures and excruciating headaches — to escape the final stages of her cancer on Saturday by drinking a lethal mixture of water, sedatives and respiratory-system depressants.

“Brittany suffered increasingly frequent and longer seizures, severe head and neck pain, and stroke-like symptoms,” according to a statement Sunday night from Sean Crowley, spokesman for Compassion & Choices, a national nonprofit working to expand end-of-life options.

“As symptoms grew more severe, she chose to abbreviate the dying process by taking the aid-in-dying medication she had received months ago. This choice is authorized under the Oregon Death With Dignity Act. She died as she intended — peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved ones,” the statement said.

An obituary also was posted to her website Sunday night, although friends have been posting Facebook farewells to Maynard since Saturday night.

“Brittany chose to make a well thought out and informed choice to Die With Dignity in the face of such a terrible, painful, and incurable illness,” the obituary reads. “She moved to Oregon to pass away in a little yellow house she picked out in the beautiful city of Portland. Oregon is a place that strives to protect patient rights and autonomy; she wished that her home State of California had also been able to provide terminally ill patients with the same choice.

She told her family before passing: “It is people who pause to appreciate life and give thanks who are happiest. If we change our thoughts, we change our world! Love and peace to you all.”

Reactions on Facebook spanned support to sadness to disagreement for how Maynard opted to die.

This I guess, would be considered, a step FORWARD in the realms of euthanasia, and how people are allowed now, to choose how they will die, which means, that they are more able to allowed to have their dignities intact.





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A Ninety-Two Year Old Man Loved to Sing, Exercises by Lifting His Legs, with the Help of His Cane

At the age of NINETY-TWO, the man still remains active, can you believe it???  A TRUE story, from the papers here, translated…

The ninety-two year-old elderly man, Lin loved singing, he’d made recordings of anti-war music, and had specifically chosen the songs with the extremely high note.

Lin has a strong voice, and it’d made people forget, that he needed a wheelchair, to get around.  Three years ago, his spinal column in the lumbar region was stressed, and after the surgery, it did improve, but he didn’t heal completely, and needed a cane to move around, which wasn’t difficult for him, who’d gone through the wars at his teenage years.  He would take his cane, and strut onto his lanai, and the way he’d walked it was like he was marching on the battlefields, getting some sun, reading the papers, he’d set aside half an hour in the early mornings outside, to get his vitamin D for the day, and to catch up on his reading too.

Written His Will, and Signed His DNR a Long Time Ago

Lin had also drafted his own last will testament, the very first line stated, if I fell too ill or became paralyzed, do NOT resuscitate me, do NOT use any intrusive methods of treatments, I’d prefer to be “euthanized”, I want to leave this world in peace in serenity, in a “natural way”.  He’d also signed his own DNR a long time ago too, from before when the former director of the sanitary department, Yang started advocating this, he’d already gone to the National Health Insurance Agency to register.

In his will, he’d stated that he will NOT have a any religious rituals, NO monks, NO séances, no recitation of Buddhist verses, NO band, “just play me singing, and put on a picture show of my life, and use my own voice as the background music.”

Most people when they passed, they’d wear a specialty clothing, Lin told his children, that he would want to be in his old suit.  He’d told them, “Don’t waste the money, everything should be simple.”  And his final rites of passage, would be as simple as possible too, but he’d made it especially clear to his children, “After my body is cremated, DO bury me in my wife’s graves.”  Lin wife passed early, he’d raised his children up, and, after he’s done with his final passage, he want to be with his wife forever.

However Long He Had, He’d Felt Blessed, Treated His Own Death Like a Celebration

As he was younger, Lin’s friend once read his features, and told him, that because his face wasn’t in a straight line, that he may not live past forty.  Back then, he’d gone to war, and had had close calls with death before.  In 1943, a bomb landed right in front of him, and, the head of his army class next to him was seriously injured, but he was okay, and they were just a step or two from one another; in a war in 1944, he and the leader of his army platoon went to check out the land, and, the guns went off, and, the man next to him fell to the ground, but thankfully, the Japanese soldiers didn’t pursue them, otherwise, he too, would’ve died.

“And now, I’d lived until this age, I’d earned it!”  Lin told, if his end had really come, he’d written in his last will testament to his kids, told them to not cry, and, based off of tradition, elderly who’d died after age eighty, the color red should be used, that there should be red candles lit by the shrine, that his kids should treat his funeral as a celebration.

Because this man had been through it all, he’d lived a full life, and, he did right by signing his own DNR, after all, he should get the right to decide how he should die, and this man had had a fulfilled life, and without the regrets.

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