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The Importance of Storytelling

Brittany Maynard and her Great Dane Charlie late 2013 (1)Sharing personal stories can be powerful. As a direct result of one woman’s courageous decision to discuss her ordeal with the world, the end-of-life choice movement gained unprecedented momentum culminating in the passage of the End of Life Option Act in California.

Brittany Maynard’s story has been vital to our recent success in California and across the nation. Your story could be the one on which our work continues to build.

We are assembling a network of storytellers to help us make the case for improving end-of-life care and influence community leaders and policy makers.

Nothing advances our common cause like real stories because they help us interpret and understand the world around us. When we share our stories, we can connect people deeply to our work. And connecting with people moves them to action.

Please complete the form to the right to tell us about your experience with end-of-life issues: a loved one’s peaceful death, difficulties you’ve experienced with the healthcare system or tools that helped you overcome obstacles. We know your stories are very personal, so rest assured that we will not publicize anything until we have secured your consent.

Thank you for your willingness to share with us.

Share Your Story:

I am terminally ill and I want medical aid in dying as an option in my state

I am in the medical profession and I support the full range of end-of-life choices

I am a member of the clergy and I support the full range of end-of-life choices

I am in the medical profession and I'd like to share what I've seen about end-of-life care

I (or a family member) received unwanted medical care against my wishes

I (or a family member) was not FULLY INFORMED OF all of the treatment options available

I have a life threatening illness and I have chosen a treatment plan that puts me in the driver's seat of my treatment

I have a story to tell that does not fit any of the previous options

Share my story in writing

Record or videotape a first person account

Be trained to share my story in public and in the media

Meetings with legislators