In the beginning...
... End Choices was me telling my story.
After this video was made, I created a little hand out poster and started talking to and educating anybody who would listen to me about the need to expand end-of-life options in Oregon.
Eventually I decided it was time to meet with Senator Arnie Roblan. He was already well aware of the need to have our end-of-life options expanded. Seeing my enthusiasm about educating the public he committed to sponsoring an expansion of our Death with Dignity Law in 2019. With the help of other advocates, four legislative bills were introduced. Only one bill was successful (allowing for an expedited application process if the individual had a prognosis of two weeks or less). The other three bills were referred to committee but never heard. Fortunately, I have found a sponsor to introduce the Death with Dignity expansion proposals again in the 2021 Legislative session.
As of August 2020, my time to personally advocate for a more compassionate law has been cut short as I have recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. But I am determined to 'fight the good fight' for our individual right to determine our right to die with dignity for as long as I am able. That being said, my tumor is inoperable and I have elected to forgo treatment (chemotherapy infusions) as the treatment would not prolong my life significantly. My current prognosis is six to nine months or shorter, depending on how fast my tumor grows. I have started the process to apply for Death with Dignity and after support and coaxing from several friends and followers will post my experience periodically on my blog and Facebook page.
Senior Advocate & End of Life Educator