The Right To Die, My View.

So I know this is a controversial topic and I know everyone has different views but this is my blog so I will give my view.

With people appealing to the government for the right to die, its a huge topic in the press right now and I have to say, its something that I feel really strongly about.

I have a friend called Kerry, she has MS too, she is older than me and her MS is alot further along than mine, she is someone I have met very few times however she is also someone who understands just how I feel.

She said something to me the first time I met her which will never leave me. This was, that one day we may be unable to walk, lift or even talk, we may be seen as ‘useless’ however our minds will still be in full thinking order, so essentially we would be trapped inside our own bodies.

I believe for people who have lived life with a severe disability, however they are still of sound mind, should be able to choose whether or not to carry on.

The people behind the decision making have no idea just what these people have gone though, the pain and the loss, always having to find other ways to do things most people take for granted. How can they really make a choice for someone else when they simply have no clue?! 

I know if I ever reach the point where I cannot move, speak or simply do anything myself, I would want to end it. Not because I am selfish but because I would not want to live in a body where I could not even express myself, to not be able to have a conversation with my children and simply just sit waiting to die, starring into space and offering nothing to the world.

I would simply feel like a burden, like I was being kept alive to simply waste away.

Now I am not stupid, although I do believe certain people should be given the right to die, I also believe that the journey to that choice should be a long, carefully managed one.

I believe it should be far from easy and I know changing the law is a tough one, however people living with these severe disabilities are the only ones who really know how they feel, they are living it each day and I completely understand why some have simply had enough.

7 thoughts on “The Right To Die, My View.

  1. I agree. It shouldn’t even be an issue in my opinion. We should be allowed to be in charge of our own destiny. People making the decisions for those affected probably know very little, or even nothing, about having a disability.

    CJ x

    1. Very true, its almost like they don’t really even consider it at all, they almost do it to humour people. x

  2. This post made me cry. I agree wholeheartedly. Nobody takes the decision lightly, and if they end up at that point they should be allowed to do it.

    On a more cynical note, surely with this age of austerity and the government resenting anyone wanting anything from the NHS, you’d think they’d be well up for people being allowed to die rather than spend months or perhaps years needing more and more care and medication to survive in a life they are not enjoying.

    1. Too true, you would think they would be more helpful! I simply think its time we listened, instead of them telling us, why dont they listen to the people that matter?! x

  3. A very interesting post about a difficult topic. For me choice is everything. Each individual should have the right to choose their own path. Having watched my father struggling to end his life at the end of terminal illness I feel very strongly that he should have been allowed to end his life peacefully and painlessly. A dog would not have been allowed to suffer as he did.Its a subject full of pitfalls and problems. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. X

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