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Category Archive: Stories

/ August 25, 2017

Finishing the Life: The Points of William Stubing’s Last Year

By Ronald Thomas Ronald Thomas and biomedical ethicist William Stubing were married in 2013. The following year, William,who had been an ordained priest and who remained active in the Episcopal Church, began experiencing severe pain from both diagnosed (spinal stenosis) and yet to be diagnosed (terminal stage Creutzfeld-Jakob disease) medical conditions, which led to many […]

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/ March 31, 2017

Ray’s Story

Ray Perman already had his aid-in-dying medication in hand when he invited Compassion & Choices into his home in December 2016 to share the easy-to-understand process he followed to obtain the prescription and the great peace of mind it gave him just knowing it was there. He later took the medication surrounded by loved ones […]

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/ February 16, 2017

I Hope I’m Wrong

I hope I’m wrong. It seems to me that in spite of a general population that is strongly (70% or so) in favor of Death with Dignity legislation, the current political mood might be too contentious and too distracted to favor personal rights issues. Still, here in Maine we are gearing up to try again […]

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/ June 9, 2016

TJ’s Story

My name is Leslie Mutchler, and my 36-year-old son, TJ, chose to end his pain and suffering caused by terminal pancreatic cancer. TJ was able to do this by using his prescription for medical aid in dying as authorized through a state Supreme Court ruling. TJ did not want to die; the cancer took his life. But […]

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