UPDATE: According to BCLocal News, Adrienne Pace, has passed away. She was extremely grateful that her story was shared, and asked that it help raise awareness of the critical need for Kidney Donation and "I also want to bring attention to education, prevention etc. of kidney disease," she said. Please share this story to fulfill Adrienne's wish. Also, offer your thoughts about Adrienne's decision to end Dialysis at the KidneyBuzz.com Facebook Fan Page by clicking here.
ORIGINAL: KidneyBuzz.com viewers have had the conversation about stopping Dialysis in an open and honest manner. While emotional, most say they would never stop Dialysis and end their lives. However, what happens when that choice is less clear? Adrienne Pace is 44 years old, has been on Dialysis for 10 years, and in the past year has suffered "three mini-strokes, a fungal brain infection and 33 visits to the emergency room," according to Global News. Ms. Pace has decided to stop Dialysis and end her life.
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News of the 44 year old's decision to end her Dialysis Treatments comes on the heels of Brittany Maynard, who has become the unofficial poster-child for the controversial "Right-To-Die Movement." Maynard who ended her own life at her home in Oregon on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 said, "They try to mix it up with suicide and that's really unfair, because there's not a single part of me that wants to die. But I am dying."
Similarly, Pace has no fight left she said, "I tried, but it is just becoming redundant..." She has been on the Kidney Transplant waiting list and while a number of candidates have offered their Kidneys, none are a match. Moreover, the veins in her arms are no longer accessible and she must use a chest catheter and Pace ultimately believes that she will not survive anyway while currently having "no quality of life."
Comments on this topic thus far have included:
"I am 84 and I have decided not to take any of the dialysis. I'm not a bit in pain, but I'm sure it is to come. My Dr. wants me to try one of them, but 84, what do I need all that for, I have lived a good and long life unlike Adrianne. I'm sorry for her."
"Adrienne, PLEASE, PLEASE don't give up! I have been in your shoes. I was on peritoneal dialysis for 5 years before I got my new kidney July 16, 2013. It will come when you least expect it."
"There are other alternatives. Just because a doctor says that's it, that's all, does not make it so."
What advice would you give Adrienne? Given her position, would you choose to die or is there still hope? Join the discussion on the KidneyBuzz.com Facebook Fan Page and share this article right now to raise awareness of Adrienne's struggle which represents many other Dialysis patients' difficult decision. Ultimately this may raise awareness of the need for more Living Kidney Donors. Susan MacNeill (Q & D Hospice Palliative Care Association) noted, "I think it's high time folks stepped up to the plate and DONATE. I did this many years ago and would do it again. It is not difficult and you will save someone's life."
Additionally, Adrienne directly contacted KidneyBuzz.com and asked that it be noted, "I also want to bring attention to education, prevention etc. of Kidney Disease." Hence, on behalf of Adrienne, the KidneyBuzz.com Team requests that you share this article with your Family and Friends who may be less aware of Chronic Kidney Disease.
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