Essay on How I Changed My Dad

1861 Words Dec 6th, 2016 8 Pages
What words come to mind when you think about your dad? Most people would say strong, emotionally and physically brave and confident. I know that is how I picture my dad, and that is how he thought of his dad also. However, I remember the day that my dad realized the cancer had stolen those qualities from his dad--the man that he had always looked up to. My grandpa was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on December 26, 2002. He passed away on February 1, 2003, exactly five weeks after being diagnosed. During those five weeks the cancer transformed this once strong, independent farmer into a feeble, helpless shell of a man. I do not remember much from this time, but one thing I do remember is my own dad coming home from a visit with my grandpa and breaking down in tears. He expressed to us how hard it was seeing his dad stripped of all dignity, not even being able to use the restroom without some form of assistance. I have no doubt that if given the choice, my grandpa would have chosen to save himself and his family from those five weeks of agony. Unfortunately, there was no other option than to let the cancer run its course. Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would give people the opportunity to choose exactly how and when they pass. A lot of people think these two terms, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, are the same thing; however, that is not the case. PAS is defined as when a person with a terminal illness gives themselves the lethal dose of…

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