I was talking with my sister the other day. Her husband’s family is hard hit with illness right now. There is a sister in Kentucky who is riddled with cancer and given only a short time to live. She’s currently in a nursing home. They visited earlier in the week and the sister was unresponsive, in my sister’s opinion, although her husband seemed to think she had made some response to him.
If that weren’t a heavy enough burden to bear, a brother, several years older than my brother-in-law, is newly diagnosed with lung cancer which has spread to the lymph nodes. The brother said he is going to refuse treatment. No surgery, no chemo, no treatments of any kind.
So this brings up another subject to ponder. When a person has accomplished his three score and ten, is it “suicide” to refuse medical treatments? Will the treatments cure the condition or only prolong the dying? If added years of life are obtained, what is the quality of that life? Is it filled with pain and yet more treatments?
If you were in this man’s situation, what would you do?