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Update: 2019-11-1983
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Many of us believe we know how we'd choose to die. We have a sense of how we'd respond to a diagnosis of an incurable illness. This week, we have the story of one family's decades-long conversation about dying. What they found is that the people we are when death is far in the distance may not be the people we become when death is near.
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April Elaine M.

Found it a little selfish towards the end when it was mentioned that Stephanie should have just went to the hospice immediately instead of putting her family through misery. If this were my mom I would do anything I could to keep her alive if that is what she wanted, even if by machine. People have the right to change their minds when it comes to death. It sounds to me like she loved life and didnt want to die and if she was fine being on a ventilator then what is the problem ?

Dec 9th
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Fernando Martinez

This is a conversation that my husband and I have. This was a really hard podcast to listen to.

Dec 2nd
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Shea Watson

What an emotional rollercoaster.

Nov 25th
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David Estrada

As a respiratory nurse, I can tell you it is hard to do the job. That episode he described when the oxygen when down was so easy to fix and I can't believe the lack of professionalism from the nurse and the EMT team.

Nov 25th
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Israel Orduña

What an emotional ride. Made me reflect on life and death with my family. Great episode. Thank you.

Nov 24th
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bestdulce13

suffering doesnt yield, it just switches onto the family/caregivers. This story highlights the importance of making decision ahead of time when you are not "in the moment" because its just our animal innate SURVIVAL INSTINCT that makes us "grasp at straws". No one considers IVs, feeding tubes, vents, bed sores, dressing changes, diarrhea, spreading your parents genitals to clean them, caregiver's exhaustion, financial burden, effect on love ones-memories of the patients decline/suffering will be forever etched in their minds as clearly as it happened the day before...etc. Living wills are the kindest thing people can do.

Nov 24th
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Jonny

Great and moving episode. Thank you for sharing this story John and fam.

Nov 23rd
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ezzie83

heartbreaking episode but beautifully done. excuse me while I finish crying for the next 2928271 hours

Nov 21st
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slivka

THIS EPISODE IS FRICKIGN BRUTAL WTH

Nov 21st
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Rachel Weiss

this episode is much more emotional than their other ones...and now I'm crying

Nov 20th
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