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March 14, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Bills look to protect end-of-life requests

No interference with end-of-life decisions

I am 78 and have advanced prostate cancer. Even in the best of circumstances, I have fewer years to live. Accordingly, I read with interest “Bills seek to protect end-of-life decisions,” [NWTuesday, March 12].

I have made all the provisions for the end of my life including a will, durable power of attorney for health care, health care directive, a letter of final instructions and recently completed a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form.

I have stipulated to my family and my physicians I do not want any treatment to prolong my life unnecessarily, including exclusion of CPR and a request for assisted end of life (also known as assisted suicide), as appropriate. I am fully comfortable with my decisions and look forward to them being honored by family and medical personnel.

Clearly, dying is absolutely a personal matter and I do not want some politician, bureaucrat, religious fanatic or do-gooder to interfere with my ultimate right as a human being.

–Thomas L. Westman, Seattle

Comments | More in Health care, Washington Legislature | Topics: end-of-life decisions, House Bill 1000, Jamie Pedersen

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