Thursday, June 17, 2010

Second life

Posted on 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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