Mrs. Burris 09
14 Febuary, 2014
Being terminally ill can be one of the most horrible things a person can find out in their lives. There are lots of questions surrounding this topic. For example, is there anything that can be done to stop or slow down the disease? The question that is usually at the center of debates of terminal illness is should we have the right to know whether we have a terminal illness or not. Based on personal belief, yes a person should get to know what they are up against.
The first side of this debate is we should not know, and there is a good reason behind this. Many people debate that if someone who is terminally ill finds out that they have this incurable disease they will stop fighting the disease and will eventually succumb to it. However I feel that it really just depends on the person. With some people they might give up and stop trying. On the other hand there are also people that if they know that there is something wrong with them, then they will just try all the harder to fix the problem. (fighting chance)
Let us step away from the debate for a while and try to think of this topic from the point of view of a patient that is terminally ill. Imagine that you are going through all these procedures not knowing what is wrong with you. This can be incredibly terrifying. Usually when someone is scared they also become nervous and stop thinking clearly. Now I don’t know about you, but if I had a deadly disease I would want to know what it is so I can have a fighting chance. Also I would want to be in the healthiest condition possible. Also I just don’t find it fair for everyone to know what’s wrong with ME except ME.
Family matters also get caught up in this matters such as could they get it. If I had a disease like cancer for example, then I would want to find out if any other relatives have it. Because the last thing I would want to happen when I have a terminal disease is lose someone I care...