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Nancy Niedzielski's Vermont Tour
Posted by Melissa Barber on October 12, 2011
Patient Choices Vermont continues to help all Vermonters get the facts about their proposed Death with Dignity Act, and last week, Nancy Niedzielski traveled from Washington state to tell her personal story and share the Oregon and Washington experience with those living in Vermont.
When Nancy's husband died an agonizing and painful death due to brain cancer, he asked her to promise that she'd do everything she could to make sure Washington passed a Death with Dignity Act like Oregon. Fulfilling her promise, she worked tirelessly to help her fellow residents learn about Death with Dignity, and in 2008, her dream was realized—Washingtonians passed their Death with Dignity Act with nearly 60% supporting the initiative.
In four public speaking events and multiple media interviews, Nancy shared her heartbreaking and inspiring story of why other terminally ill individuals should have more options at the end of their lives. Nancy sent an email to me last week about her experience in Vermont:
What is amazing to me about Vermont is the easy access voters have to their elected officials. We all should be that fortunate. I felt honored to meet so many members of the Legislature. The newspaper interview, live radio show and all the public events I participated in confirmed for me one thing. Vermont is ready for the Death With Dignity Law!
One of the greatest pleasures I've had during this tour was seeing the ah-ha moment on the faces of politicians and citizens when I've explained why the statements from those who oppose the law are false. More than a decade of experience in Oregon has proven, without any doubt, that this law is safe and provides incredible piece of mind for those who are suffering at the end of their life. The Death with Dignity Act reflects the liberties our country was founded upon. Vermonters understand that. Providing a choice to someone who is dying is the only choice there is.
During Nancy's three-day whirlwind tour she spoke at four different public meetings throughout Vermont which were attended by people interested in learning about the state's proposed law. Read more about Nancy's visit on Patient Choices Vermont's blog.
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