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On living to 100 not for me

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GabbyLoggon · 04/12/2010 11:51

I was diognosed with prostate cancer four years ago I made it public by telling a lady broadcaster. She said want you to live toa hundred" I am not too keen on that idea...but she meant well. The govt would hate more people living to ahundred. Death is not sucha taboo subject any more old age death is as natural as birth

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newwave · 04/12/2010 12:13

Living to a 100 would be OK if I still had my mental faculties and was reasonably mobile otherwise no thanks

claig · 04/12/2010 13:02

I'd like to live to 100. I'll take my chances. You're a long time dead.

GabbyLoggon · 04/12/2010 13:19

yes, most people give the answer "If I hAD GOOD health and indepence" But I cannot imagine me being fit and healthy at 100 I would have every illness going...Mum made 86 and dad75 I had a sister who made 93

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longfingernails · 04/12/2010 13:54

I hope you are OK Gabby.

HowTheGrokeStoleChristmas · 04/12/2010 13:56

So what would be your solution Gabby, should your personal lifespan reach 90+ years? Are you in favour of voluntary euthanasia?

p.s. you say you had a sister of 93, how old are you currently?

GabbyLoggon · 04/12/2010 14:06

I describe myself as rather old;but I still cut a dash Groke, I would like parliament to seriously discuss assisted suicide. If you paid for a relative to goto a foreign country to be painlessly have their life ended. You may lay yorselfopen to being charged with MANSLAUGHTER Our law needs looking into It is a very difficult subject. I amok at the moment. I get an in jection in the tummy every 3 months. it keepsme going sofar. Siorry to inflict a serious subject onyou; but I dobelieve parliament should take a look at it. cheers

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TheCrackFox · 04/12/2010 14:08

I am not sure that I would like to live to 100 - probably all your friends and siblings would be dead and there is the chance of outliving your children which sounds really grim. It sounds like it could be very lonely being 100.

HowTheGrokeStoleChristmas · 04/12/2010 14:14

Not a problem for me to disuss such things, I actually work with people in the end stage of their lives so I do have some kind of perspective on the matter.

The fear people have over voluntary euthanasia is a primal one, I believe. We are programmed to fear death until the final years of our lives, which is why euthanasia is an untenable concept for most people in the prime stage of life. When discussing it with the elderly and very ill, the perspectives can be quite different.

GabbyLoggon · 09/12/2010 15:28

Yes, Groke, I am sure there is a lot in what you say.

I was influenced by a BBC secret filming prog. The editor of a national broadsheet was on it.

He described being at his dying fathers bedside. "Dad would lurch and scream with pain regularly. I went to the top medics and asked for more dope. They said dad had had the maximum they were allowed to give him."

That was and editor with all the clout he has behind him.

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GabbyLoggon · 09/12/2010 15:31

If I was guesssing I would say there will be a law on assisted suicide within 15 to 20
years It wont be an easy decision. In opinion research a majority of older people say they would support it.

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GabbyLoggon · 09/12/2010 15:32

I had my latest jab off wendy on Monday.
and am skating over the icy pavements nicely

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Kaloki · 09/12/2010 20:23

Oh hell no. My body is enough of a state to live in already. I hate the idea of being old and frail, and fully intend to take my own life before I am a prisoner to old age.

GabbyLoggon · 10/12/2010 12:20

look Kaloki, if we live long enough wqe all become a prisoner to old age. (GREAT PHRASEOF YOURS)

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MiasMARY · 10/12/2010 12:24

100 years old in my own home with a loving family and lots of support yes.

100 in a nursing home not knowing which way is up or who my kids are, no thanks.

GabbyLoggon · 11/12/2010 14:00

A lot of people would share your view, Mary

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mamatomany · 11/12/2010 21:21

No i personally think 3 score years + 10 is more than enough.
I shall pop off to Switzerland when i'm ready.

Desiderata · 11/12/2010 21:26

There is a huge irony behind what the government wants us to do, and what they can actually afford.

I smoke and drink. Not to excess, but enough to pay inordinate amounts of taxes on my vices.

And yet they tell me that I'm a drain on NHS resources, despite the fact that I've never been to a doctors beyond giving birth.

I shall probably drop dead at eighty, of a wonderfully sudden illness.

If I look after myself, and live to be a hundred, I will smell of wee (inevitable) and I will be a total drain on the NHS.

I can't help but believe that I'm a model subject! At least I've paid for my treatments.

mamatomany · 11/12/2010 21:30

I agree, if somebody is not in pain i do not understand the point of operating on an 85 year old and yet they do routinely.
Why, i do not get this urge to make us all live beyond the normal range when as you say we cannot afford the resources.

GabbyLoggon · 12/12/2010 17:14

Death is I suppose the large inevitability the elephant in the room of life. we arethe only beings who know about our lifespan...My wife will get divi from the co-op if I die first

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GabbyLoggon · 15/12/2010 11:59

I hear that Cilla Black has joined in this subject. She opts for a 75 maximum

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JustinCaseyHowls · 18/12/2010 01:37

Cilla is 67 now.

GabbyLoggon · 22/12/2010 12:01

She may feel different when she is 75. And Cilla may have seen someone die painfully

Its a big subject

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GabbyLoggon · 04/01/2011 13:02

we had a bit more snow today (tues 4th) I am fed up of this winter,

Oh to be in England when spring arrives.

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Chil1234 · 04/01/2011 13:29

Not dead yet then Gabby?

complimentary · 04/01/2011 17:15

Gabby. You've made it this far, I have a feeling you may be the oldest person here on MN. Good for you! Smile

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