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DorisFischer

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Review for Compassion & Choices, Littleton, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My high regard for C&C dates back to 2008, when my beloved mate was dying of Lou Gehrig's Disease. He found C&C to be a valuable source of medical information and emotional support during his last several months. Upon his death in 2009, I became a C&C advocate for terminally ill individuals to have the right to choose to die a peaceful death. Such choice means they understand and can access the full range of end of life options, including medical aid in dying. C&C's expert legal defense team was pivotal to a Montana Supreme Court ruling in favor of a dying adult's right to access medical aid in dying. C&C has since offered health care professionals and citizens across the state reliable and useful end of life information. C&C's legislative efforts in Montana have included the organizing of multiple citizen-based legislative lobbying efforts to uphold the Supreme Court's ruling. So far, we have been successful at preventing powerful anti-choice lobby groups from enacting a law prohibiting medical aid in dying. My eternal gratitude to C&C, for helping our society offer more compassionate end of life care.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Compassion & Choices, Littleton, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My partner Richard was a "client served" by Compassion & Choices. Shortly after receiving his ALS diagnosis, Richard asked me to contact C&C and request information pertinent to individuals with a terminal illness. C&C promptly replied with a packet of material suited for Richard, and for me as caregiver. As ALS took greater hold over Richard's body, he talked with a C&C counselor on more than one occasion about things his doctor was unable or unwilling to discuss. For example, "I'm not afraid of death itself, but I am afraid of suffocating to death. What will it feel like if that's how this goes, and can my suffering be relieved?" And, "Do you have a list of doctors in Montana that are willing to discuss aid in dying?"

After Richard's death more than nine years ago, I became a C&C volunteer and remain so today. I found C&C staff and fellow volunteers to be bright lights in my life.

I have utmost respect for the healthcare. communications, and legal professionals that have led many of our states through a litany of lawsuits, legislative sessions, and public education processes. They are top-notch, and politically savvy. Likewise, C&C volunteer coordinators possess the skills, energy, and pluck required to guide passionate citizens through the ropes of holding community discussions, testifying before legislative committees, writing letters and making phone calls, and otherwise organizing ourselves to put human faces on the issue of end-of-life choices. All this, while many of us continue to grieve over past or impending personal loss. You might think that volunteering for C&C is a depressing way to spend "free" time and energy. I assure you it is not. It has been one of the most positive experiences of my life.

Role:  Volunteer