Kentucky man shoots wife with late-stage breast cancer, reportedly at her request "to end her suffering"


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  1. ERR

    It's so strange to me that we don't even allow our pets to suffer in their final days, but we're still having a debate on whether people should.

  2. Morrigan_Nic_Co

    It's sad we live in a barbaric society that doesn't allow people to make their own informed choices about how they wish to end their lives or cope with their suffering. I have suffered from severe chronic pain for decades and I am now severely debilitated from the toll that torture has taken on my body. In the end I plan to shoot myself as well as I am denied the means to either treat my pain or end my life in a more humane manner.

    Medical treatment for pain in the US is a joke as few doctors are willing to do what is necessary to relieve their patients' pain, and those that are often make you jump through hoops for years or exploit the hell out of you before they'll do what works.

    Our medical system is not designed to provide compassionate relief for people who suffer, but to exploit them financially, particularly at the end of life. Hospice is not all it's cracked up to be and many people suffer from acute physical and psychological distress while their deaths are unnecessarily prolonged. The idea that all you need to cope with the pain and existential angst of impending death is drugs and therapy is disturbed. Far better that people be allowed to opt out in the manner of their own choosing at at the time they feel they are most prepared to face death.

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