In a new video, a woman named Evelyn shares the story of her husband Bill who was diagnosed with a fatal lung disease known as Pulmonary Fibrosis. The Mayo Clinic says the condition occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred, making it more difficult for the lungs to work properly.
Unfortunately, doctors gave Bill a fairly grim prognosis; he had only two-years to live. This left Bill distraught and as his condition worsened, he became more and more depressed. In fact, he ended up asking his primary physician if he would consider giving him a fatal dose of assisted suicide drugs.
However, thankfully his doctor realized that the main problem was Bill was grieving his lack of independence. For example, he mentioned that he couldn’t go out and watch his grandkids play baseball anymore or participate in family events. So instead of encouraging suicide, his doctor said he should look into other ways to regain some of his independence. He advised Bill to get a scooter, which would help him get out and do the things he loved.
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Although Bill did end up passing away from his condition, the end of his life was marked with joy because he was able to maintain his independence for a while after his prognosis. This remarkable story shows that assisted suicide isn’t the answer for terminally ill patients; rather, working with doctors to enhance quality of life is something that can change a person’s complete outlook and give them more time with their loved ones.
Watch the video below to learn about Bill and Evelyn’s story.