OP-ED EXCERPT: Please let me die peacefully, not painfully by Hanna Olivas

I am not a politician. I am a mom, a grandmother, author, speaker and the founder of The Brave and Beautiful Blood Cancer Foundation, living with multiple myeloma. This incurable disease that has taken over my life since 2017 inspired me to run for office in hopes of bringing better specialists and improving the mediocre insurance system in my home state. At the time, doctors gave me a five-year prognosis.

My run for office was my Hail Mary after spending two legislative sessions advocating for a bill that would honor the options of terminally ill people to decide how and when they die. One of these options should be the legal right to request a doctor’s prescription for medication they can take to die peacefully, if their suffering becomes intolerable.

This end-of-life care option is now more important to me than ever.

Read the full piece in the Las Vegas Sun: https://lasvegassun.com/news/2022/oct/27/please-let-me-die-peacefully-not-painfully/