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Throughout the week, we keep people up-to-date with information about the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care through Facebook and Twitter. Below are highlights from this week.

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Why I Support Death with Dignity

Jim and Margie Carberry

A Message from Jim

My name is Jim Carberry, and like many of you who've come to support Death with Dignity, I watched a loved one die a painful and protracted death. My wife, Margie, didn't have the option to die on her own terms, something she so desperately wanted.

I'm sharing my story with you because I strongly believe people should have the right to end their suffering when dying of a terminal illness. The only way to guarantee that right is to pass Death with Dignity laws modeled on the time-tested and safe Oregon Death with Dignity law.

My wife, Margie, was diagnosed with a Clival Chordoma in 1995. We had two small children, Alissa and Andrea, at the time and all she wanted was to see them graduate from high school. That would mean surviving 16 years from date of diagnosis, a highly improbable likelihood. She underwent numerous procedures to increase her chances. But the tumor was unrelenting and began stripping away various abilities.

Starting in 2008, Margie endured several very invasive procedures and had significant issues with her sight and mobility. She wanted to be there when our younger daughter graduated in 2011. At the same time, she was in a lot of pain. She was no longer the person she used to be, unable to participate in any meaningful activities for more than a few moments at a time.

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This Week in the Movement

PTI News Stand by Mark Miller on flickr

Throughout the week, we keep people up-to-date with information about the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care through Facebook and Twitter. Below are highlights from this week.

Efforts regarding Death with Dignity:

Read more: This Week in the Movement

Death with Dignity Hot Topic in Northeast

VT Gov. Shumlin, photo care of the New England Governors' Conference

Earlier this month, Peg Sandeen mentioned how the recent high-profile work in Massachusetts has elevated and amplified the national conversation about assisted death. And in just in the last week, I've noticed a marked increase in articles about Death with Dignity laws throughout the northeast region. Coverage continued in Massachusetts, and opinion pieces in favor of Death with Dignity popped up multiple times in Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont.

Some highlights:

  • VTDigger and other media outlets picked up Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin's strong statements about what he'd like to see as legislative priorities in the upcoming session. Regarding Death with Dignity:

    It's the right thing to do, and the Legislature will do what's right for Vermonters.

    Shumlin said he supports the Death with Dignity bill because he doesn't understand why the state should interfere in a private decision made by an individual who has a terminal illness and wants to avoid suffering through the last 10 to 14 days of life.

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This Week in the Movement

Editorial Cartoon by Dan Wasserman of the Boston Globe

Throughout the week, we keep people up-to-date with information about the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care through Facebook and Twitter. Below are highlights from this week.

Efforts regarding Death with Dignity:

Read more: This Week in the Movement

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