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Old 02-25-2006, 11:02 PM   #21
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One thing that comes up every now and then at work is cryogenics- without any guarantee of success, would you want to be cryogenically frozen when you die?
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Re: How Do You Feel About Your Upcoming Death
Old 02-26-2006, 07:00 AM   #22
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I do not fear death. I fear the long, protracted hovering between this plane and the next with the mind gone or even worse, the body gone and the mind active.
I know of a young, beautiful woman who has stage 3 ovarian and they tell me the survival rate is only 20% for 5 years and when her time comes, as it will for us all, I just hope this country has come to its senses about being able to voluntarily end one's own suffering, should they choose.
I know many a healthy senior who has a little stash of medicine that taken by their doctor's direction has improved the quality of their lives but when they are beyond help with some ultimately terminal condition , they can take care of that too.
Dr. Kevorkian was a political prisoner. WITH THE PROPER SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE, people should have the right to decide how much pain they want to endure.
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Carpe Diem.* The only way to accept it is to "carpe diem."

Still hoping to make my 100th birthday, then drink a bottle of wine, get laid, jog around the block, then drop dead.* I'll let you know how it turns out.*
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I had to face that on Christmas eve 2005 when the doctor said you have cancer in your kidney and enlarged lymph nodes from the spleen and you have a spot in your lung.

Humm, Doc? Does that mean I'm a dead man walking?

I only fear being in a bed with no control over my fate. Apologies to all but I want to be , "the captain of my ship and the master of my fate".

It does irk me that the damn gov't gets to keep my Soc. Sec and my life's savings will probably be eaten up by dying instead of living.
I don't know if I could have handled your situation as well as you.

Takes lot's of guts.

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Old 02-26-2006, 09:56 AM   #25
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MJ,
I'm not so sure I've handled it well at all. I went along with everything the doctor recommended. I've felt lower than low and believe me, I look scary (drained of life).

But, I've got no alternatives. Like you, I chose to be alone and that suited/suits me well.

It's nice waking up alive. I enjoy life. But, death is part of life. I'll be ready.
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Keep your chin up OAP. Only the good die young.
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Old 02-26-2006, 10:16 AM   #27
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CFB,
as bad as I am, looks like I may live to 100.
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That was my thinking. Just make sure you dont stop being bad news... I'm pretty sure the grim reapers ass can be kicked...I've seen it done twice in movies

Although apparently he can defeat King Midas...
http://www.grudge-match.com/History/midas-reaper.shtml
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I wonder why they call them proctologists? Wouldnt "Astronaut" be more appropriate?
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I just hope this country has come to its senses about being able to voluntarily end one's own suffering, should they choose.
I know many a healthy senior who has a little stash of medicine that taken by their doctor's direction has improved the quality of their lives but when they are beyond help with some ultimately terminal condition , they can take care of that too.
Dr. Kevorkian was a political prisoner. WITH THE PROPER SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE, people should have the right to decide how much pain they want to endure.
You might be interested in this organization:

http://www.compassionandchoices.org/

Which supports right to die legislative efforts and provides end of life counseling.

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I don't know how I feel..

I know a little about how my mom feels. She's in her mid-70s. My sister was living in LA and they got to see each other about once a year. At one point, I was with my mom and just out of the blue she got a little teary (she's usually a stoical Yankee).

She said: "you know, I'll probably see your sister about ten more times in my life..." THAT really got to me. It's easy to think of ten years as a long time, but she was using a far more important yardstick.
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Man is the only animal that knows he will die someday. How does this knowledge affect me? I experienced the death of most of my extended family before I was 14 years old. I was a volunteer Fire and Resuce EMT for several years and worked in Emergency Rooms and hospitals too. Death was never far away so you get to know it pretty well.

Death is not on option. When you die can be for some but is not for most of us. Some of us seem to have a clock that is running backwards and when it gets to zero we die. We can do some really crazy stuff and we sneak past death because our "time" is not up yet. We just don't know when the clock will stop. It could be today...heart attack, car accident, airplane crash, or whatever. Or we could keep on keeping on for 20, 30, 40 or 50 more years. It is the unknown time of this event that keeps us on edge; not the fact that it will happen someday. It it the how and when of it. Will it be painful? Will it be messy? Will I go before my SO? How will it feel? Will I have done all that I wanted to before it happens? Will I have regrets? Will I be ready for the deep sleep? Will it be welcome? These are some of the questions that come to mind.

I would like to think that I will have no regrets and that I will be ready anytime death is ready to take me. I would like to think I will have done all of the important stuff I wanted to do while alive. I would like to outlive my wife. Having done that once already I know what to expect and how to survive it; I would not wish that on anyone, especially someone I love.

My death will most likely be heart related. Family history says that is my highest probability. Anything else would be a suprise. Am I ready today? In some ways yes and in others no. I have some things left to experience in the world, like my unborn grandkids. I don't dwell on my death. My affairs are in order so the financial aspects of it are not a concern. When it comes I will be disappointed but not afraid. I have many people I will enjoy being with again on the other side.
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SteveR,
thanks for mentioning that "affairs are in order". It is a great comfort knowing you've done right by your survivors.
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I'm fairly young (28), but I like to think I've made my peace with the world.* A few years ago, I had a scare with cancer, but it turned out to be benign.* Of course, there are many things I would still like to see and do, but nothing that would make me feel like I'd really missed out.* I've made a positive impact on quite a few people's lives and had some good times.* I've travelled and seen and done things many people don't do in a full lifespan.

My bigger fear is a protracted, degenerative condition and I believe assisted suicide should be legal.

I've been pretty fortunate over the last 20 or so years and not lost anyone really close to me (besides pets).* I lost 2 grandparents at a young age and 1 was gone before I was born.* My last grandparent is 81 and in her twilight.* Last spring, I spent a week with her in Yuma, AZ just in case it's the last chance I get to spend extended time with her.* My dad will be 63 and probably won't be around in 10 years ( lifelong smoker and not a generally healthy person ).
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Man is the only animal that knows he will die someday. How does this knowledge affect me?
That we know of. I have to think there is a reason dove migrate to a different part of the county prior to bird season, i.e. season is not open in that part, and deer hide more in hunting season. Just because they cannot comunicate their thoughts does not mean they do not have them. Not trying to be difficult, it just got me to thinking, besides I am not sure I want to dwell on the primary question of this thread.
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My bigger fear is a protracted, degenerative condition and I believe assisted suicide should be legal.
There are times when I want nothing less than full mobility & sentience with a 9mm healthcare plan.

There are other times when I think of Stephen Hawking, Christopher Reeves, Muhammed Ali, Michael J. Fox... people who arguably have risen to the challenge and maybe even exceeded their life's prior accomplishments... and I think "Why not stick around for a while & see where this goes?"
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All those people are wealthy with no worries about the paid health care team. Try being Stephen Hawkings and living in a trailer in Arizona with no AC.
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