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Under a new state suicide law, peeps can legally and respectfully take their own life under certain conditions, such as having a terminal illness. A 66 year old woman with cancer has become the first person to die under Washington's "Death with Dignity" law using prescribed medication given to her by the state.
Wow. That was my first response after reading an article about this law that took effect in March.
To be real, I also thought -- "in 3 months, only one person has used it?" That's surprising.
But, even more shocking is how young this woman is...66 years old. Terminal cancer. That's tough, and I can't imagine what it was like to be in her shoes, but I wonder if this woman had anyone in her life? Did she have someone by her side, or who made her smile every day? I wonder how she felt before she took the pills.
Maybe hopeless, maybe happy as Hell.
The important thing is that she left this Earth the way she wanted to leave. She had the choice to say, "Hey, I had a great life. I'm out." Whether it was a painful one or not, who knows, but I'd be lying if I told you I had her courage.
To die, by choice.
It's a scary thought, at least to me. One that I don't even like to entertainment often, if ever.
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