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By: ricderr , 3:27 PM GMT on November 07, 2013

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Decatur, Indiana (CNN) -- It's a grim topic: What would you want if you were on life support after a life-altering accident? Would you want to live in a wheelchair, or would you want to die?
An Indiana deer hunter and father-to-be who was left paralyzed after falling from a tree chose the latter, state authorities said Wednesday.
Timothy E. Bowers, 32, of Decatur was hunting Saturday afternoon when he fell about 16 feet to the ground from a tree stand, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.
Bowers suffered a spine injury and paralysis, authorities said.
On Sunday, he chose "to remove himself from life support systems," the department said in a statement. He died that evening.



i saw this story in my morning reading. It's very very sad. Tough on everyone involved and it makes you wonder what would you do in his situation. I've personally never been afraid of death, nor would I want to burden my family with caring for me so maybe that's why I can see this mans perspective as some I know think his act was selfish. It leads to the QOD:



Is there a point or a circumstance where you would rather die than live?

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7. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:11 PM GMT on November 13, 2013
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6. VR46L
5:58 PM GMT on November 08, 2013
I know its not answering your question but what I was trying to get across was that every moment is precious and gotta keep fighting even against the odds .

I totally get the preciousness of your final few months with your Dad . But its something that everyone has to experience or will experience if they have love in their heart
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5. ricderr
4:30 PM GMT on November 08, 2013
nice post vr....my father was given 6 months to live....those 6 months to live due to cancer .....he made it one day longer....those were a precious 6 months to me
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4. VR46L
3:00 PM GMT on November 08, 2013
Thank you Pat , Yes I never knew how much I love him until the 28th of June this year . and I treasure very moment I have these days even though they are so tough .

Pcola I know you know how difficult it has been and thank you for being around .You have been a real friend , I know I have been very temperamental and sometimes my frustrations have leaked into my blogging ....
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3. pcola57
2:53 PM GMT on November 08, 2013
Quoting 1. VR46L:
Its a topic that is very close to my heart , I know quite a few around here know I had a very tough summer autumn with regards to my father .

My father was prgressively getting sicker last June didnt know what was wrong and the Doc refered him to a specialist but he kept getting weaker and the Dr said it couldn't wait any longer so he was admitted they operated the same night a friday night It turned out he had lymphoma we were told he had a 2% chance of making through the next 48 hrs . DNR was issued it was horrible we had to make that decision worst decision I ever had to make ... but he came through that 48 hrs we took back the DNR then they discovered it was in several places the surgeon urged us to look into hospice care But an oncologist came around and presuded us to try Chemo .. Today he is geting out of hospital for after his 3rd round of chemo ...Still has a long way to go but he has lived 4 months longer so far and is getting stronger we don't know if it will work .

but what I have learnt is were there is life there is hope and you really only get one chance and you got to keep trying .

God I cant beleive I am saying this on here


You and your father are very brave Liz..
You have had a tough summer..
I know you cherish the time you have with him now..
Modern medicine is getting much better..
May God bless both of you.. :)

(thank you for presenting a tough question ricderr)
(I have my story to tell and will post later on)
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2. Patrap
2:46 PM GMT on November 08, 2013
A lot of us have lost Parents to cancer.

My Dad, a USMC WW-2 Vet died March 21st 2003 the day the second Gulf War began. He had End Stage Lung cancer that had metastasized thru his spine, hip and femurs.

We hospice cared him from his Diagnosis in Oct 02 to Death.

He had a standing DNR and died sitting up. With all of us in the room.

Love for a Parent has no end.




Joseph D. Pearson

June 28 1926-March 21 2003
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1. VR46L
2:27 PM GMT on November 08, 2013
Its a topic that is very close to my heart , I know quite a few around here know I had a very tough summer autumn with regards to my father .

My father was prgressively getting sicker last June didnt know what was wrong and the Doc refered him to a specialist but he kept getting weaker and the Dr said it couldn't wait any longer so he was admitted they operated the same night a friday night It turned out he had lymphoma we were told he had a 2% chance of making through the next 48 hrs . DNR was issued it was horrible we had to make that decision worst decision I ever had to make ... but he came through that 48 hrs we took back the DNR then they discovered it was in several places the surgeon urged us to look into hospice care But an oncologist came around and presuded us to try Chemo .. Today he is geting out of hospital for after his 3rd round of chemo ...Still has a long way to go but he has lived 4 months longer so far and is getting stronger we don't know if it will work .

but what I have learnt is were there is life there is hope and you really only get one chance and you got to keep trying .

God I cant beleive I am saying this on here
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