Is it suicide?

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    Suppose you were diagnosed with some sort of horrid disease.
    Maybe it's something that is potentially curable, like some sort of cancer where treatment may cure you but is not a definite.
    Maybe it's something that is incurable, but medical treatment may extend your life.

    Would you consider it suicide to just accept your condition and refuse medical treatment knowing you will die in short order?
     
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    No.


    It's a choice of using meds or not.

    Some will say it's God's will, others may not want to go through chemo or such, some will say they want to die a natural death.
     
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    Oh, I should have added more questions.

    Would you refuse medical treatment?
    Why or why not?
     
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    Dad said after his last surgery he would not let them operate on him again. He went in for heart surgery yesterday. What you may think you would do today may not be the same as when you actually come face to face with a choice.
     
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    Meh ... if the choice is a long life of pain or a short but productive one ... I'll take the short one.
     
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    I never said anything about productive. :)
     
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    I believe that the reality is that most of us will cling to life as long as we can. For some, they will employ any and all routes to stay alive. Others will do only so much, and then as you say, will let nature take it's course.

    It would be very difficult to say right now exactly what I (personally) would do. Too many variables.
     
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    I think many of the variables influence it.
    For example, if one has young children, I suspect that they would fight for every minute of life to spend with them.
     
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    Absolutely.

    Young children, spouse/significant other, close immediate family, life goals - all those and many more have a direct impact on a person's desire to live and will to survive.

    Any given person's belief system is another thing that would impact their decision to stay alive. Their outlook on life - optimistic, pessimistic - another big one.
     
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    I always thought if I was very ill like lets say with Cancer and I knew I had cancer before actually going to the doctor, I wouldn't go. I wouldn't tell anyone...but I rethought that recently.
     
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