Terminal Illness

Give Me the Right to Live, Not Die

Simon Stevens | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

On Friday the Lords will debate the 'Assisted dying bill' and I am one if many disabled people that has been vocal in their opposition to this dangerous legislation, that is likely to be the starting point to the normalisation of 'mercy killings' and a societal pressure upon sick and disabled people to 'do the right' thing.

Clive James: When You Know You Are Dying Yet Feel 'Sentenced to Life'

Karin Sieger | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

How do we deal with terminal or life-shortening illness? What do we do, if it is us, a loved one or someone we know? There is no off-the-shelf answer; there is no simple solution. It is a journey we may find ourselves on unexpectedly and unprepared, or we may already be on the way, knowingly or unknowingly.

The Day I Went to See Arsenal Train

Jeff Brazier | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

If you are anything like me you would have grown up idolising your footballing hero's, my first was Kerry Dixon, then Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker. To have met any of those at a young age would have felt no less like meeting a God... The simple pleasure received from meeting someone you really look up to is something you don't actually ever forget.The Sports Connection Foundation asked me if I would accompany a young lad, Tomas Mayer, who has (DMD) Duchene Muscular Dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his short life. Having DMD means all his body and organs are basically shutting down.

Dying Man Shares Farewell Kiss With Giraffe

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK

A photographer captured the incredible moment a giraffe said goodbye to his dying friend on Wednesday. The mentally disabled cancer patient, who spent...

Assisted Dying - Who Makes the Final Decision?

Jo Cartwright | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Jo Cartwright

Assisted dying was an idea I was aware of as I was growing up and one which seemed to make logical sense - if you are dying you should have control over the suffering that sometimes comes with that process. Then, at university, I worked as a healthcare assistant, mainly in palliative care. It was then I was forced to face the reality of our current cruel laws.

Urgent Steps Needed to Improve End of Life Care for People from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities

Imelda Redmond | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Imelda Redmond

Everyone deserves care that works for them and their families at the end of their lives. However, we know that end of life care is not meeting the needs of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, and we are in danger of failing to reach increasing numbers unless urgent steps are taken.

Helping Those Who Are Terminally Ill Receive the Care They Need at Home

Imelda Redmond | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Imelda Redmond

The second reading of the Care Bill this week provides an opportunity for MPs to look at how including a statutory duty for local authorities to fast track funding for social care can be included in the Bill.

How to Cope With Cancer at Christmas

Karin Sieger | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

A simple question. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Being affected by cancer this Christmas can come in many different ways. You, someone you know or are close to, may have just been diagnosed, may undergo or finish treatment.

Self-help Strategies to Deal With Chemotherapy

Karin Sieger | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Cancer treatment varies depending on the nature and progression of the disease. It can focus on eliminating cancer tumours and cells, slowing down or stabilising the spread of the disease.

The Personal Crisis of Cancer

Karin Sieger | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Often people feel that they have been replaced by cancer; that their lives and who they are has been reduced to cancer; that their past achievements, dreams and ambitions no longer count for anything. How to cope? And how do others around us cope?

Not Just Surviving But Thriving

Ian Spero | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Tech
Ian Spero

So here's the good news; the number of young people surviving life changing conditions (like cancer for example) is increasing. In fact in the UK the number has nearly doubled in the past decade, at least in part due to recent advances in the quality of medical science. So what's the bad news?

A Means to an End - An Analysis on the Assisted Dying Debate

Maggie Shinder | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Politics
Maggie Shinder

Assisted death is a complicated issue and for many people it is frightening to imagine the state a person must be in if they no longer want to live. But this does not mean the matter should be ignored or hidden from public debate.

Jessica Elgot

Vicars And Rabbis Call For Assisted Dying To Be Legalised

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK

More than 50 religious leaders have called for assisted dying to be legalised in the UK, with vicars, priests and rabbis planning to lobby parliament ...

Promoting Assisted Dying is Not a Compassionate Response to Suffering

John Glen | Posted 17.03.2012 | UK Politics
John Glen

Those who have known somebody with a terminal illness will know the distress and concern that can be present towards the end of life, and the real vulnerability that exists amongst families in these circumstances.

Cancer Patients Are 'More Worried About Their Finances Than Death'

PA | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK

Cancer patients and their families are 20 times more likely to ask for help about financial issues than death and dying, figures suggest. Four out ...

Memo After a Day Talking to the Media About Assisted Dying

Sir Terry Pratchett | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK
Sir Terry Pratchett

As I understand the guidelines from the Director of Public Prosecutions, a spouse or even a family friend can assist somebody to die if they act out of compassion and love as far as these can be ascertained. Journalists seem to think this is a great concession which we should be happy with. I am not. All that is being tentatively offered means that amateurs will try to help other amateurs to die with, heaven help us, such mechanisms and drugs that they can get hold of. Frankly this is no better than suicide itself.

Suicide ‘Linked To Chronic Illness’

Posted 24.10.2011 | UK

At least 10 per cent of suicides in England may be linked to serious physical illness, a report has claimed. Research published on Tuesday by Demos...