Second life

Posted Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 4:00 AM

I am a retired office worker, who lives in Oregon where assisted suicide is legal. Our law was enacted via a ballot initiative, which I voted for. I write in response to your article about Sen. Hinkle’s bill to prohibit assisted suicide in Montana (see “etc.,” June 10, 2010).

In 2000, I was diagnosed with colon cancer and told that I had six months to a year to live. I knew that our law had passed, but I didn’t know exactly how to go about doing it. I tried to ask my doctor, but he didn’t really answer me.

I did not want to suffer. I wanted to do our law and I wanted my doctor to help me. Instead, he encouraged me to not give up and ultimately I decided to fight. I had both chemotherapy and radiation. I am so happy to be alive!

It is now nearly 10 years later. If my doctor had believed in assisted suicide, I would be dead. I thank him and all my doctors for helping me choose “life with dignity.” I also agree with Sen. Hinkle that assisted suicide should not be legal. Don’t make Oregon’s mistake.

Jeanette Hall

King City, Ore.

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I am very happy for your second life but I fail to see the connection between someone who is really dying and you. It isn't like you take the pills for recreation, you take them when your pain is so horrible that dying is a better alternative. It sounds to me like you have had a really bad set of doctors. No reason to comdemn the rest of us to suffering.

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Posted by yeahright on 06/18/2010 at 8:03 AM
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