In 2013, I went through a series of tests for what I thought was a backache, but turned out to stage four breast cancer. Of course, I was devastated when I got the call, but I was determined to do what I needed to do for my son and my family. I’ve been receiving every available treatment I can since then.
At our lobby day, I told my lawmakers that I want to live more than anything. I want to have dozens more Mother’s Days with my family. My son will be graduating high school this year. I want to see him graduate college and medical school. And I want to hold my grandchildren. But eventually, my treatment options will run out. What I don’t want is to suffer and be in uncontrollable pain while my body shuts down for what could be weeks and I don’t want my son to have to watch me go through that.
Talking directly to legislators is the best way to gain their support. I’ve told my story to dozens of lawmakers across the state. Now it’s your turn: act today and tell your lawmakers why you support the Medical Aid in Dying Act.
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