Lung Cancer Persuasive Speech

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Imagine this: two months ago, you were diagnosed with lung cancer. The doctors told you that you only had weeks left. Somehow you’ve stayed alive this long, but you wished you hadn’t. The doctors told you that your lungs were going to slowly fill with fluid and eventually kill you. Essentially, you are drowning in your own lung fluid. So you ask the doctors to euthanize you, put you out of your suffering. But then the doctors informed you that it's not your right to decide if you'd like to die. Doesn't this sound horrible? Unfortunately, this was the reality for Jennifer Glass, as well as many others. Death with dignity should be legal in all 50 states. Jennifer Glass with diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2013. She requested to pass away peacefully but death with dignity was not legal in the state of California. Her lungs were filling with fluid and drowning her. She wanted to die peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. She…show more content…
In April of 2014, Brittany was told she had 6 months to live. Brittany considered passing away in the care of hospice while in her hometown of San Francisco Bay, but she was in an unbearable amount of pain. Brittany started researching death with dignity and decided it was worth it to uproot her entire family to Oregon, so she wouldn’t have to be in pain. It was required to be a citizen of the state, so Maynard had to make a vast amount of changes. Most families don’t have the time nor flexibility to make all these changes, just to have the right to end your own life. Death with dignity is not suicide and doesn’t make you a bad person. Brittany Maynard proved this with the quote; “I am not suicidal. If I were, I would have consumed that medication long ago. I do not want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms” (Maynard, Paragraph 12). Brittany passed away on November 1st, 2014. She died peacefully in her bedroom, surrounded by loved
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