Death with Dignity, Part 10

I don’t know what the future holds…

I don’t know what course my cancers will take.

I don’t know what complications and medical crises await me.

I don’t know how fast things will progress.

I don’t know if I’ll lose the mental capacity to make and communicate an informed decision.

I don’t know if I’ll lose the physical capacity to self-administer the life-ending medication.

And, even with the option of medical aid in dying, I still fear being conscious and losing control of what happens to me.

Should I lose such capacity, the best I can do (legally) is to have an advance directive (sometimes called a living will) that clearly communicates my wishes and grants power of attorney to one or more trusted agents who fully understand and support those wishes.

In a nutshell those wishes are: Do not prolong life. Withdraw all food and water. Do not resuscitate.

Let me go in peace.

continue… Death with Dignity, Part 11

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