I've seen some of my relatives die slow and horrible deaths before. My aunt died in agonizing pain from cancer. My grandmother had a stroke and was confined to a bed, unable to move, talk, or do anything on her own for nearly 10 years before she died. My aunt volunteered to take care of her, but it was clear that it was a burden on her to do so. It got me thinking more about what I would do if I were in their place. I honestly don't know what my choice would be and I certainly hope I never have to make a choice like that, but I do know that I would at least like to have the option of assisted suicide. I currently don't see the point in living if I know I only have a few weeks, months, or years to live and they're just going to be horribly painful, or I'm just going to be staring at the ceiling, from a bed, with little brain brain activity. Being kept alive is not what I consider living. I also wouldn't want to put a huge burden on my family to take care of me and watch me slowly suffer. I don't want my last moments alive to be filled with complete agony for me and sadness for my family. Certainly, if it were legal, the choice should be left up to the patient, doctor, and the person(s) assisting them in suicide. Only when the doctor says there's little, or no hope to get better and the patient and whoever is going to kill them agree they're okay with doing it, should it continue. I think people should prepare ahead and make it know that's what they want, in the event they can't speak up and say that's what they want. I don't want to give the power to kill a sick person to a relative, or the government. I also think it should have its limits. Someone shouldn't be allowed to assist someone to kill themselves just because they are depressed, because they wouldn't likely be in their normal frame of mind and it's not as hopeless as other medical problems. However, if the person has severe medical problems, there's no cure, and things are just going to get worse, then I think the option should be left available. I can understand how a relative wouldn't want to personally do it someone they love. I can also understand that some people would want to live out the rest of their life, no matter how painful that is, and that should ALWAYS be their choice, but I don't think everyone should be forced to take that choice. We as a society kill people we consider to be bad and the CIA has given suicide pills to U2 pilots to use in the event they got shot down. We kill our pets when they are sick and suffering and call it the humane thing to do, but when we see a person suffering and there's no way to help them get better, we think the best thing to do is to do nothing and just slowly watch them die, even if they're begging for death. I just don't get it. If the person's last wish is to end their life so it can bring an end to their suffering, why not give them that? To refuse them that just seems needlessly cruel to me.