Discussion Board Chapters 2 and 3 – Discussion Board Team 3

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A.   The woman in the story of Brittany Maynard is in good condition to reasonably understand her situation. She realized that she has cancer at her peak age while she is energetic and sound enough to exercise the five wishes willingly. The woman also accepted the situation she was in; therefore, sadness and devastation could not cloud her reasoning judgment. She is also surrounded by a family who can advise and coach her in her difficult situation.

B.    Indeed she is capable of comprehending the nature and effect of her treatment choices. She is delighted to choose how she dies. Instead of death by succumbing to brain cancer’s horrors, she decides to dictate how she will pass without difficulties. She is empowered to determine that she had enough with life rather than experiencing prolonged torture.

C.    She is aware of the consequence of taking the prescription for medication. She engages in activities that will make her happy and focus on the relevant issues to live a brief but worthwhile life. She lets her family know how she loves them and how much they mean to her. She pursues an adventurous life because she is aware of the impacts of her decision (Hoffman et al., 2014).

D.   I entirely believe that we are entitled to the right to die with dignity. We are not mandatorily condemned to death by prolonged pain and suffering. If there is no means to cure a patient, he/she deserves the right to decide how it ends.

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A.   I prefer to die peacefully at home if I was to decide. The house set up provides a comfortable environment where I can visualize my life when I was younger and energetic. I can choose my favorite spot or item at home and have wonderful memories of the time I spent living. The environment at home allows a higher degree of freedom of expression both for my family and me.

B.    I would choose my spouse to make healthcare decisions on my behalf when I am terminally ill. It is often difficult to communicate issues on death with blood family, but it is somehow easier to share with your spouse. My spouse also may know me better than my parents or siblings in terms of my health state.

C.    I would want to die naturally without any medical intervention. A peaceful death without any struggle may satisfy me because I will have experienced the ultimate positive feelings. However, if my condition leads to a financial burden, pain, and suffering, I would willingly take medical treatment to end my life.

D.   I would like to have my family companion and support. I prefer a joyous mood, making jokes and appreciating the gift of life rather than dwelling on grief. I would choose to die at my favorite spot, watching a movie, and listening to my classic songs. I fall on the scale of 1 in determining to pass without necessarily involving medical intervention.

E.    I want my friends, family, and society to know that I fought well and strong during my illness. I would like them to know that death is just a passage of life and not an end. I want to preserve the loving and caring character in the mentality of my loved ones (Aging with Dignity, 2011).

F.     I think a loved one cannot fully describe how I would like to be treated. In the face of death, we gain new revelations and reevaluate our priorities differently. Therefore, I would prefer to make my own decision is allowed.

G.   I trust my spouse to advocate on my behalf when approaching my death adequately. I would select my spouse because I have shared countless experiences, and she understands my strength and weakness.

H.   I have learned that ignorance blinds us and leads to regrets and misinformation during the last time. Certainly, I will address the issue of my wishes when my death approaches with my loved ones. Death is inevitable, yet we escape from reality. Since I would want to be comfortable at my death, I will let my loved ones know what I expect in the end (TEDMED, 2010).

I.      I have never completed or signed a living will appoint a healthcare attorney or an advance directive. I have always feared death and seen engagement in such activities as a self prophecy of doom.

3 In high esteem, no authority or person can decide who lives and who does not. Life is too precious and sacred and should be treated with respect. An individual has the right to dictate how he/she leads her life.

References

Aging with Dignity. (2011). Five Wishes. Five Wishes | Make Your Wishes Known. https://fivewishes.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/product-samples/fwsample.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Hoffman, A., Kontijevas, P., Choy, B., Olinger, J., & Young, M. (2014, October 6). The Brittany Maynard Story [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPfe3rCcUeQ&feature=emb_title

TEDMED. (2010, December 20). Alexandra Drane at TEDMED 2010 [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JB-5O0ArZQ&feature=youtu.be

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