Our Mom Deserved More Choices


Liz Parker Gagne and Jeff Parker live in Massachusetts, and recently shared why they support the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative on Dignity 2012′s website.

Our mother passed away this summer at the age of 63 after suffering through a long battle with brain cancer. By the end of her life, after many treatments and attempts to cure her, it became clear that there would be no improvement. She desperately wanted to live but her illness was causing her unimaginable pain.

She required 24 hour care, could barely communicate, could no longer feed herself, and forgot how to swallow. We eventually moved her into a hospice residence, where she continued to suffer painfully until her body finally gave out.

Our mom did not want to endure constant suffering and did not want her two-and-a-half-year old grandson to see her in so much pain. We believe that our mom deserved more choices than what she was given, that she deserved to have the option to live her final days with dignity, surrounded by her family and enjoying her time with them; not wasting away before them.

We are voting yes on Question 2, the Death with Dignity Act, because we believe people should have more choices in how they live their final days. There’s no mandate, no requirement, just an option to make a different choice from hospice or palliative care. We would have missed our mom no matter when she passed, but to see such a strong, loving woman suffer needlessly for so long was horrible, and we wouldn’t wish it on any other family.

Please, join us in voting YES on Question 2 in November, and together we can make sure our loved ones don’t have to suffer like our mom suffered; together, we can help give terminally ill patients another choice.

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