My journey across a lifespan is not going to look anything like yours. And yours will look nothing like mine…or like the person sitting on either side of you. We have no ability to gouge our notches in our proverbial belts before events take place. This goes the same for health events, relationships we come by, or even who we want to love.
Living a long lustrous life with more healthy years than unhealthy ones is a pretty robust goal. But, what if we know there is something on the horizon that can potentially give some control over our own times lines. I want to discuss personal autonomy and how we all live our own journeys.
I talk a lot about giving people the right to make their own choices in and out of web-based searches; especially, during end of life transitions. I also truly believe it is impossible to get anyone to do anything if they don’t want to do it. This sentiment also goes for individuals choosing to use modern medicines, or let the cards fall as they may. There are so many medical advancements available related to healthcare. It can definitely be overwhelming for a person and their loved ones to make the right choice should they come face to face with a health event.
Medicine can sometimes add many years to a person’s life. A lot of times there are high risks associated with what could be coined as a “cure”. When does the person begin to weigh some of the negative outcomes directly related to treating once incurable ailments and diseases. Let’s take 3D printed organs as an example. The technology has surpassed what any medical professional could even have imagined ten years ago. Literally, I’m talking about taking organic matter, and printing an organ to save a life. Any organ can be printed. All the way down to the small capillaries in the human heart. Mind blown, right?!
It’s not far off. Utilizing this medical advancement in humans is right around the corner. Science has come so far as to extend human life through various medicines, why not take the leap to actually replace failing organs? Scientists have figured out how to recreate the organically occurring symbiotic relationship between organ cells and print them. Thousands of years of cellular evolution can now be mimicked and printed in hours. Yes, please let the “Playing God” theory sink in for a second. And ask yourself at what point is the individual interfering with their own “God-given” (or, deity ingrained) timeline? Especially if they have a strong religious background and believe in the creationist theory. Needless to say, there is plenty of fodder among political professionals who love to argue about life and non-Godly interference.
I imagine, there will be room for bio-housing warehouse sites; where people could donate their own stem cells and plasma to be reliably available for any health issues in life. I foresee companies opening similar models to umbilical cord and placenta storage facilities. The sites would offer plans to new parents for the “just in case”. Got failing kidneys? Print a replacement! You’ll feel right as rain in no time!
At least that is what we’d hope. Of course, costs and tissue rejection would have to be considered when thinking about replacing failing organs.
Now, if someone has a bad heart, do they try this new age medical advancement? Could we blame them if they didn’t want to become an existential robot?
I would do it. Would you?