Natalie Bauman - Prolife Youth Blogger
These words became increasingly true as my family and I sat encased within the white walls of a trauma-level waiting room. Wednesday night morphed into a gray Thursday morning, but we didn’t know the difference.
“Would you like us to resuscitate her?”
Naturally, our answer was an overwhelming yes. None of us were ready to lose the matriarch of our tight-knit group. DNR, or ‘do not resuscitate’ wasn’t an option that had ever crossed our minds. We all knew, deep in our hearts, that my grandma would want to fight for the life she once led.
However, the group of white-clad doctors begged to differ. As we sat in that white room, we were repeatedly told that my grandmother would be unhappy with living in her condition, and that it would be better to end the life that so many had cherished for over 82 years. It was at this moment that I realized the true impact of an issue that our country is so greatly facing today - the promotion and legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.
In textbook form, PAS/euthanasia is the intentional ending of life in order to relieve pain and suffering. To me, they are the raising of a white flag of surrender. To me, they mean giving up. Had my family agreed to DNR - or worse, actively killed her - that fateful night in the hospital waiting room, my grandmother would not be where she is today - excelling in therapy: learning to function independently once more. Sure, the past weeks of her stay in the hospital and rehabilitation center have been far from easy. My family has certainly felt the weight of crisis, but together we have pulled through. We have proven to the group of doctors and to the world that life at any age is worth saving, because life is a beautiful thing. No doctor or textbook or activist can determine at what age beauty dies, because it is eternal.
To those caring for the elderly or infirmed - never cease to see the beauty in the eyes of those you care for. Never cease to realize the history that lays before you, the love that penetrates every living cell. Never cease to love - like beauty, love never dies.