Join­ing de­bate on As­sisted Dy­ing Bill

Ter­mi­nally ill woman puts her view

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

She

is

liv­ing

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!”

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