When it comes to the idea of assisted suicide, there are some very strict parameters that must be met before the attending physician would even consider allowing assisted suicide. Today, we wanted to give a bit of an idea as to which illnesses would be considered to be ‘terminal’ and have a higher chance of being approved for assisted suicide.
What is a terminal illness?
In the strictest definition of the term, this refers to an illness or a condition of the body that has a high percentile of death or low rate of survivability. In most cases, such illnesses are often degenerative and only get worse as times goes on. Also, a terminal illness has no known cure.
Cancer is one of the more leading diseases that have afflicted humanity in the last century. Cancer is the disease which has an odd or abnormal growth of cells in a particular part of the body. Cancer differs depending on where it grows like breast cancer or pancreatic cancer.
Usually those that are diagnosed with extensive cancer all over their body usually have around less than six months to live. Cancer, once it has spread, can lead to multitude of organ failures in the body and chronic pain.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus which attacks the body’s immune system. When the immune system is compromised, we can be vulnerable to a multitude of other diseases. AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is the subsequent symptoms which come after the body has been compromised by HIV.
With proper and consistent treatment, people with HIV do have a chance of leading longer lives. However, as the immune system is compromised, other issues may lead to the death of the person as there is no cure.
This disease is a progressive and degenerative disease which attacks the nervous system. As the disease progresses the motor functions of the afflicted become affected as the relay of the brain towards other parts of the body is no longer as good as it used to be.
Just because there is someone in your life (it could even be yourself) that has a terminal illness does not mean that you have to suffer through it. Assisted suicide exists so that those afflicted with terminal illnesses have an option that they can pursue regarding the late stage of their lives.
What terminal disease do you know of?