Multiple Sclerosis and Death with Dignity.
I can deal with all of the troubles and inconveniences that MS has thrown my way to this point. I have seen many friends much further progressed and still couldn’t see that as a viable option. I must believe that most of those whom chose to end their time had never thought of it either before it ever got that bad.
Could it get that bad?
I am in a very good place with my disease right now. One neurologist, in fact, told me that I was defying the odds and had made real progress. He had expected to see me bound to a wheelchair the next time he saw me? Now I walk without my cane most days. This, I thought, was the best time to talk to my docs about “the end.”
If it were ever to get that bad, I want my doctors, family and friends know what my wishes are. The Terri Schiavo case in Florida brought those kinds of advance directives to the forefront of our minds. For many in far progressed stages of MS this also means Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders to doctors.
I live in the Pacific Northwest of America where, to my knowledge, Oregon is the only state where it is legal to perform assisted suicide, known as Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.
I have had ‘the conversation’ with my docs, and I’m wondering if you have too?