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
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