It’s hard to imagine living without the advantages of modern medicine. There have been amazing discoveries that have allowed us to eradicate some diseases and illnesses. Even more are now conditions that can be managed, with proper medical treatment. In fact, there are actually only a few conditions that are untreatable, debilitating, and come with a high mortality rate. But, what if you had a condition from one of the last two groups? Suppose you are terminally ill; your quality of life is diminishing, and, even with medical care, you are going to die. Would you choose to end your suffering, to die with dignity? That is the topic of conversation for Dan and Lyle on this episode of Flash Past.
The discussion started with the two discussing Cassandra C., the 17-year-old Connecticut girl who was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and, after only a couple of chemotherapy treatments, decided she didn’t want to introduce the “poison” into her body. The problem, with chemotherapy, Hodgkin Lymphoma is 80-85% curable. Cassandra’s mother, Jackie Forth, supported her daughter’s decision to forego chemotherapy. After a heated talk, the two hosts agree “… she’s an idiot.”
The remainder of the show focused on personal experiences, suicide, illness, Terri Schiavo, and Brittany Maynard. In case you don’t remember, Schiavo was the woman who collapsed in her home in full cardiac arrest in February of 1990. Within two months, she went from being in a coma to being fully brain dead and in a persistent vegetative state. It wasn’t until March of 2005 that her husband was able to convince lawmakers to remove her feeding tube and allow her to die. Maynard was the 29-year-old newlywed who found out she had an aggressive form of brain cancer. With fewer than 6 months to live, she and her family moved to Oregon to take advantage of the state’s Death with Dignity law.
To find out what Lyle and Dan’s thoughts on these and other issues are, listen to this episode of Flash Past. Also, be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.