Who Should Decide?

Some of the most painful medical conditions of my life were pinched spinal nerves, kidney stones, toothache and gallstones. I found that even the strongest prescribed medicines such as morphine and oxycontin made an unnoticeable difference. There are other people with more goat-like constitutions who firmly believe modern medicine can effectively flatten any conceivable pain. At end-of-life, when pain is not anticipated ever to get any better, who is in a better position, me or one of these goats to decide for me how much pain is too much to endure? Surely, I am the ultimate authority, not some meddling Christian, on what is too much and allow me to end my life peacefully.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)