"Death with Dignity" or "Cheating Life?"

Death, also known as the final destination of all our lives, when life gets tough and the going gets rough, sometimes we just want to end the ride. I think it's fair to say we've all been at that point, where life trials and tribulations have seemed to be so great and unbearable that we contemplated suicide; whether it be for a second or longer. If you haven't, let me tell you, I have. Would you want to suffer through death or rather it be as painless as possible?  What would you do if you had total control over how and when you die? How precious is life for one to endure excruciating pain and suffering to the very end? Would you put yourself through the discomfort knowing there is an "easier" way out, or would you end the ride of your life with a pill, certain that if you don't your remaining days on earth will more likely be filled with suffering? You may have read the headlines similar to this scenario, "29-Year-Old Woman With Brain Cancer Plans to Kill Herself November 1st." Here is a woman who has taken the fate of her life into her own hands, after being diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. Brittany has been told by her doctors that her life expectancy is now 6 months. After hearing this terrifying news and learning more about brain cancer, and the way it effects it’s victims, Brittany Maynard is now contemplating assisted suicide. Considering the limited days she has left as a living, breathing, productive member in society, Brittany Maynard has uprooted her entire life from California to Oregon and has decided to die peacefully and with dignity. While discussing her illness Maynard states "My glioblastoma is going to kill me, and that’s out of my control. I’ve discussed with many experts how I would die from it, and it’s a terrible, terrible way to die. Being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying." In the state of Oregon the law allows for patients to take their own lives under these circumstances with the assistance of a doctor. In order to understand Brittany Maynard’s story, please go and read more athttps://time.com/3551089/brittany-maynard-death-with-dignity I wrote this article to say, there are a lot of things in life we don't have control over, and the little control we do have we must used wisely. My friend Carlene Swart, a cancer survivor, always says, "you can pick your nose, you can pick your butt, you can pick your friends, and maybe your wife, but you can't pick your life". I don't think anyone has ever gotten up one morning and prayed, lord please give me cancer and the worst kind possible, I want to suffer. I don't think "African Americans " prayed lord, I love cotton picking, being whipped, and treated like I'm less than human, thank you god. Personally I know I did not wake up one morning and prayed, Heavenly Father on this day please make me gay, I want to be treated less than human, and live in fear for the rest of my life. Many times when I read stories like that of Brittany Maynard, I wonder would I rather have deadly cancer and be straight, or count my blessings and be gay. Not to compare cancer to homosexuality, but they both have one thing in common, neither of them are men give choices, but ultimately we do have a choice, we can choose to love or choose to hate and discriminate. Cancer does not discriminate and neither will I, after all, love is greater than all things. Brittany I send my love to you and your family. I think you are a very brave woman. May The Lord welcome you home and peace bestowed upon you, and your family.

Posted on November 1, 2014 .

GrandMother of The Nick Smith Show

Gran Gran, I'm not going to be hosting The View or The Price Is Right, you can stop telling people I'm going to be on TV. My show will be on the internet and local public access channels. Family, I can always count on their support when it matters the most. From the moment my grandmother heard I was going to be hosting my own, she wouldn't stop talking about it. If I get 100 views I think it will be all from her watching my show from all 100 of her electronic devices. That woman keeps up with the latest gadgets more than I do. She has the latest iPad, android phone and asus computers all thanks to the TV shopping channels. Job well done infomercials, you've manage to capture your audience including my grandmother with 6 easy payments of only $99.99. She is a very active woman on social media. 

When I said active, I mean actively minding other people's business. I know I've been pretty good at managing the content I put out there because if I didn't I would have certainly heard from her about it. She tells me when other family members posting craziness on Facebook. She would say in her Caribbean accent, "ehhh, you see that nastiness so and so posing on Facebook and cursing, I don't know what's wrong with y'all young people these days"  and she goes on until I change the subject. I think she might do quite well in Public Relations now that she's retired and is well invested in the latest technology. She's my grandmother, she's my supporter and will certainly be my #1 fan and advertiser. 

Posted on October 30, 2014 .