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Jerry Fensterman, in his essay "I See Why Others Choose to Die", talks about how he can understand why terminal ill people after so long in pain with no hope to cure choose to end their life sooner than expected. Fensterman, who was a dignose with cancer, says "I know now how a feeling, loving, rational person could choose death over life, could choose to relieve his suffering as well as that of his loved ones a few months earlier that would happen naturally." I agreed with the writers point of view, and I can also understand why someone would make this type of decisions. It is not only physically devastating for the whole family to go through this type of situations, but it could also be economically damaging, and not to mention the stress that is slowly draining everyone around.
As selfish as it might sound, the decision of ending your life to avoid suffering is more about ending the suffering of your loved ones. It is way more painful to watch your family being sad, crying, getting frustrated and tired because there is nothing else they could do. As much as family tries to hide their distress, or as much as they try to avoid thinking about the inevitable, sometimes the feelings can't be avoid. I wouldn't want my family to go through this, and I wouldn't want to watch them being miserable. It is just not fair for them. Why wait longer for something that will eventually happen, especially when the patient is bed bound and has to depend on others for the most basic needs. I couldn't and wouldn't want to do that to my loved ones and to myself.
The other thing I wouldn't want is for my family to be broke before I even died. Hospital bills are the most expensive. What's the point of spending thousands of dollars to keep someone on artificial life? The person can't move, and sometimes they can't talk, hear or see ether. What is the point of having someone living like a vegetable? Sometimes the patient is just ready to go, and the family is the one being selfish by trying to keep him or her as long as they can waiting for a miracle. I honestly think that those type of patients are tired of living like that too, with no point in their life. Another thing that Fensterman mentions is "the biggest and most profound change I have undergone is that my addiction to life has been 'cure'." Fensterman, just like many others in his situation, no longer have an interest on life. It is really everybody else that is not ready to let go prolonging, unconsciously of course, the agony and suffering of their loved ones. All of this does is delaying the healing of the family...

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