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If you can’t speak for yourself, who will make your medical decisions?

by Noam Berlin.

"Have you thought about how you want to spend the last years, days and hours of your life? Have you talked about those wishes with anyone?

I know my father’s wishes: If he had a terminal illness, he would want comfort, not time. Incurable cancer, severe stroke, massive heart attack? No drawn-out course of treatment that gives him extra months at the cost of nausea, pain, infection and fatigue. If he were to permanently lose his ability to read, to do his beloved Sudoku, to tell us he loves us or understand us when we reciprocate, to get out of bed, or make his own decisions—if these things happen he wants no heroic measures, no clinical trials. 'Just let me go naturally,' he says."

 

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