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Thu Oct 30, 2014, 03:21 PM

 

young woman who was going to end her life on nov 1st changes her mind

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/cancer-patient-vowed-life-doesn-time-article-1.1992636

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Reply young woman who was going to end her life on nov 1st changes her mind (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Oct 2014 OP
Journeyman Oct 2014 #1
dembotoz Oct 2014 #2
JI7 Oct 2014 #7
JI7 Oct 2014 #3
nashville_brook Oct 2014 #11
Hassin Bin Sober Oct 2014 #4
hfojvt Oct 2014 #5
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Oct 2014 #8
etherealtruth Oct 2014 #6
Liberal_in_LA Oct 2014 #9
spanone Oct 2014 #10
Bluenorthwest Oct 2014 #12
DreamGypsy Oct 2014 #13
Paper Roses Oct 2014 #14

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 03:25 PM

1. I'm glad she has the power of choice. . .

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 03:26 PM

2. was silly to set a date

death does not pay attention to a schedule

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 03:32 PM

7. doctors already gave her a timeline. i think she was afraid of losing mental ability

and her health just getting worse and suffering until she died.

but because she seems to still be mentally able and communicate she feels ok continuing on .

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 03:28 PM

3. hopefully she has a much longer future and a happy one

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 03:30 PM

4. Good for her.

I'm glad she can squeeze a few more days (weeks?) out of life if she is feeling ok.

I'm also glad she has the choice to check out when she feels the need.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 03:30 PM

5. that was the advice I gave her on FB (not that she saw my comment)

Why set the date in stone? Eventually it will get too bad to want to live, but are you sure it will be November 1st? What if you can go one more week? And then one more week? And then one more week?

Sort of a balance between put it off as long as possible no matter what, and get it over with now.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 03:36 PM

8. Housemate an I both agreed that if it was us, we'd try to push it

past the holidays, maybe early January. At least have that final Christmas if possible.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 03:32 PM

6. I am glad she still has enough joy and desire to live!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 03:42 PM

10. choice...that's what this is all about. choice.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 03:50 PM

12. A very large number of the people who start the process and obtain the drugs and such

 

never actually use them. That is part of how it works, knowing you can exit at will allows for some peace of mind. I used to know the exact figures, but it is a large percentage.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #12)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 04:11 PM

13. Statistics for the Oregon Death with Dignity Act...

The Oregon Death with Dignity Act requires the Oregon Health Authority to collect information about the patients and physicians who participate in the Act, and publish an annual statistical report.


The collected annual reports can be found here: https://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/EvaluationResearch/DeathwithDignityAct/Pages/ar-index.aspx

From the 2013 report:

As of January 22, 2014, prescriptions for lethal medications were written for
122 people during 2013 under the provisions of the DWDA, compared to 116
during 2012 (Figure 1). At the time of this report, there were 71 known DWDA
deaths during 2013. This corresponds to 21.9 DWDA deaths per 10,000 total
deaths.

Since the law was passed in 1997, a total of 1,173 people have had DWDA
prescriptions written and 752 patients have died from ingesting medications
prescribed under the DWDA.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 04:14 PM

14. It is not the date that matters, it is the choice.

I hope this young woman lives much longer than she expected. In the final days, it is her choice. I hope I have the chance and the courage to do the same.

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