I have sat back and watched this conversation unfold and I just can't keep quiet anymore. Anybody who is my friend on Facebook has seen that my father is battling ALS right now. I was a firm believer in suicide being selfish and an easy way out....until recently. Today I had to sit back and watch my father uncontrollably cry as my mother explained that he was informed at the ALS clinic today that he was too far gone and he is now going to be in hospice care. This man has had every aspect of his life (except his brain function) taken from him. He spends his days with a PERFECT mind that is trapped in a body where he cant hold a fork, he can't dress himself, he can't talk, he can barely eat, he can't bath or use the restroom by himself, he can't walk on his own, and his breathing is less than 50%. I honestly and 100% believe that I wouldn't want to live this way. His strength in this situation is why my dad is my hero. If I was in his situation I would rather end it.....and would it be "selfish"? HELL NO. I honestly feel selfish for wanting to have more time with my dad. He is in terrible pain 24/7 and the only thing he is worried about is his wife, kids, and grandkids. He is suffering every day simply so he has another day with us. You can sit back and pass judgement or quote religion.... I see it with my own eyes everyday. I have had friends commit suicide for what I thought was the dumbest of reasons, and I am watching somebody suffer unbearably simply to spend more time with their loved ones. Until you know what a person is truly going through, who are you to pass any type of judgement?