Shameless: Should kids and teens with terminal cancer be allowed to partake in adult activities?

Many of you may or may not have heard about a show called, Shameless. Originally aired in the UK, then brought to America through the network Showtime, Shameless is a show about odd circumstances that take place in a foster home. The characters range from a drunk, incompetent father, a naive yet hard working sister, a thief with hidden secrets, a young gay teen with a taste for older men, another young teen with reckless abandon, and much more.  If that isn't enough for you to handle, those characters are supported by an equally dysfunctional friendship with the neighbors in their neighborhood.

This show tackles a few things that go on in the everyday life of those that are less fortunate. (By less fortunate, I mean, poor.) While this show may be exciting to watch by many others that are not in any of the situations that the characters are in, it still is a REAL way of life. Everyday, families are struggling to put food on the table, afford medical treatment, and are forced to cut corners just to make ends meet. Shameless depicts how some families choose to survive when all they have is close to nothing.

On episode 4 season 3 of Shameless, the father of the series is sending his child to a cancer camp. The boy does not have cancer, however, the father wanted to gain a signed NBA basketball by the Bulls to sell it on Ebay. So, he made up a lie and told his son he has cancer.

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The child, not defying his father, went with what his father told him. After the father contacted a mock "make-a-wish foundation" and begged for a signed basketball, he was denied. He pleaded and begged that he receives a signed basketball because it would make his dying son happy. The organization kindly denied his request and explained that they can not just make things like that happen. The organization then offered something else instead of the basketball. It was a trip to a camp that hosted kids and teens with cancer. The father accepted this.

Once the child went to the camp, he met other kids and teens with cancer. After a few discussions with the other kids, he realized how serious cancer is. This realization lead to a revolt due to the lack of programs offered and food. The kids all were convinced that if they are going to die, why not get what they want. After all, they don't have much time to live. In one of the scenes, the kid with the fake cancer story is talking to a kid who really has cancer. He asks him what would be something he really would like before he dies. The response was to see a woman's breast.

This is where I have a BIG question for all you out there. If you were a child or teen with a terminal illness, would you want to partake in adult activities such as drinking, driving, smoking cigarettes, and so on? I know laws prohibit many of these things from ever happening so let's keep the whole legal system out of this.

If you are told as a child or teen that you are going to die in a given amount of time, what would be something you would what to do? Morals and ethics will play a big part in answering this question but keep in mind that you are dying in this instance. I know there will be many religious radicals answering this question and probably outraged about the show itself so please be respectful of  everyone's opinion.

 

All feedback on this question is greatly appreciated!

 

For more information on children and teens with terminal cancer, please visit:

http://www.childrenscancer.org/main/butterfly_bears/

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