Joining debate on Assisted Dying Bill
Terminally ill woman puts her view
A TERMINALLY ill woman who once considered ending her life has been interviewed on national television about the Assisted Dying Bill.
ITV interviewed Little Chalfont resident Janice Beaman on August 14 in the lead item on its 6.30pm and 10.30pm news bulletins as debate around the Assisted Dying Bill gathers pace.
MPs are due to discuss possible changes to the law on assisted dying this month.
Mrs Beaman, 72, has pancreatic cancer and has made the decision not to have any more chemotherapy, which was making her sick.
She briefly considered to end her life at Dignitas near Zurich in Switzerland, before deciding to focus on enjoying the life she has left.
at home being supported by the team at The Hospice of St Francis.
She is having regular appointments with a community specialist nurse to discuss her illness and manage any symptoms.
She is also attending physiotherapy sessions and having relaxing massages to ease back pain and encourage wellbeing at the charity’s Spring Centre.
Mrs Beaman said: “Whilst I have made the
LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL: Terminally ill Janice Beaman, 72, is focusing on living the rest of her life to the full. She was interviewed in the Hospice of St Francis’ gardens by ITN’s Paul Davies about the Assisted Dying Bill choice not to have any more invasive treatment for my condition, I’m very focused on living life to the full, whatever time is left. It may be 12 months but I’m hoping for more. Whilst I know that time is short I am anxious not to hasten death but instead have focused my energies into enjoying the rest of my life.
“The support the hospice team has given me has been tremendous.
“We have had very open discussions about my future, I have looked round the hospice’s rooms and I know that, when the time comes, I will feel happy and at peace to live out my days at the hospice surrounded by kindness and a tranquil, relaxing environment.
“I know that any pain I may have will be managed and that all my needs will be looked after.
“For now though, that is in the future and I’m spending my time seeing friends, lunching and making the most of life!”