Medical Aid in Dying from the Physician’s Perspective

What’s it like to participate in medical aid in dying from a physician’s perspective? It’s not easy to figure out, because current regulations intentionally hide the identities of participating physicians. A clever team of researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine devised a way to survey the Colorado physicians who are most likely to care for patients looking for [...]

Medical Aid in Dying and People with Disabilities

I stumbled across an excellent article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek written by Esmé E Deprez about a woman named Sandy Morris and her journey with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). The article explains how her illness inspired Morris to fight to change California’s End-of-Life Options Act, which has been in existence since 2016. Like me, Morris is a former [...]

2022-05-27T20:31:51+00:00December 31, 2021|Tags: , , , |

A Time for Gratitude

This will be my second Thanksgiving without Alan. Last year, I awoke on Thanksgiving Day with a migraine and promptly closed the curtains, swallowed some medication and went back to bed. Since we were in the middle of the pandemic lockdown, I had invited only one guest to join me for turkey and all the trimmings, and she didn’t mind [...]

2022-05-27T20:34:04+00:00November 22, 2021|

What’s in a name?

I was very excited to discover another memoir, besides mine, about a husband and wife's journey with medical aid in dying, this one by Irvin and Marilyn Yalom. The two write alternating chapters, sharing their thoughts and feelings, until Marilyn reaches the end of her tolerance for the misery precipitated by her multiple myeloma and ends her life using the [...]

2022-05-27T20:43:20+00:00October 12, 2021|Tags: , |
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