Dignity in Death – Know your Thresholds- Know your Rights
Ataxia brings many challenges with it. It affects the patient and their caretakers in the end stages. In the late, acute stages of the disease, many complications are associated with the disorder. Pain can be determined by doctors and psychologist. The pain associated with Ataxia is more on an emotional level than physical. The complications of everyday Dignity are magnified as the disability progresses.
Physically there are cardio- logical problems associated with Ataxia. You also loose control of the muscle coordination that regulates the urinating and bowel process. Things like depression, anxiety, burden of guilt, insomnia are just a few of the emotional complications that affect yourself and your personal family caretaker . But you do have options!
Your choice may have legal consequences for your caretaker. Only certain countries allow Euthanasia legally. It is necessary to be informed about the legal aspects of such a decision. The final decision should be one of personal choice and legally prepared for, with a clear mind, in the form of a personal legal testament .