ALS

Andrew Moir

Diagnosed with ALS: Two Fathers, Two Choices

A few years after his diagnosis with ALS, my dad could no longer breathe independently and he decided to use a ventilator. He wanted to prolong his life for as long as possible to be around for my two siblings and me as we grew up. My dad is still alive today but is now completely paralyzed.
Alamy

The Disease That Took My Father's Speech Away

I had never even heard of "FTD" (frontotemperal dementia). Immediately, I hopped online and began researching. Within minutes I discovered the truth -- Dad was going to die. Shortly after that, he began misplacing his words, not knowing how to verbally express what he knew he wanted to say. Soon it got to the point that he could only answer yes or no questions...and then by December 2010, he lost his words entirely.
CP

Don't Speak Legalese? Here's What the Assisted Suicide Ruling Really Means

British Columbia Supreme Court Judge, Madam Justice Lynn Smith has released her reasons for judgment in the ground-breaking physician-assisted suicide case. In her view, a complete ban on physician-assisted suicide was a disproportionate response and a more appropriate response would be to maintain an almost-absolute prohibition but with a stringently limited and carefully monitored system of exceptions.