Analysis Of Atul Gawande 's Being Mortal

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Family Matters

The relationships that are created with others define who we are as individuals, but the relationships we form with our family are unparalleled to that of any other. Family members are the people we count on in times of need and help make decisions that are in our best interest.

Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal focuses on patients and their end of life care. On a visit to Lou Sanders, Gawande asked, “What makes life worth living to you?” and Lou hesitated before answering, “I have moments when I would say I think it’s time, maybe one of the days when I was at a low point…” As people near death, they have this innate fear of dying where they may want to have every intervention possible. However, patients nearing the end of their life due to medical issues often have clouded judgment and may not be in a position to determine what step they want to take next or may even be a minor, legally unable to make decisions. In any case, family members or a guardian of the patient should be responsible for making end of life decisions for the patient.

Cancer is a disease no one ever wants to have, let alone stage IV cancer. The National Cancer Institute classifies stage IV metastatic cancer as cancer that has spread to distant tissues or organs. Stage IV lung cancer patients, as described by the American Cancer Society, have a low prognosis and a five-year relative survival rate of one percent after diagnosis.

Gawande shares the story of Sara Thomas Monopoli, age 34,…
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