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John's story: My brother's schizophrenia nightmare is why I support assisted dying

Since early August, Dying With Dignity Canada has invited Canadians from coast to coast to tell us how the country's unconstitutional assisted dying law affects them and their loved ones. Their powerful stories will be included in our official submission to the group of researchers tapped by the federal government to study the future of assisted dying in Canada.

One of the more than 500 letters we've received so far was written by John, who wrote openly about how his brother's schizophrenia diagnosis led to a life of terror and pain. He has graciously allowed us to publish his story on our blog.

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Robyn Moro, plaintiff in challenge to Bill C-14, dies at 68

Canadian medical professionals should look to the recent death of a plaintiff in a court challenge to the federal right-to-die law to better their understanding of how the eligibility rules for assisted dying can be applied, Dying With Dignity Canada says.

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Video: What it's like to provide assisted dying for the first time

Many recent documentaries and magazine articles have delved into what it’s like to support a family member who's accessed their right to assisted dying.

But fewer have explored what it’s like for the handful of doctors and nurse practitioners in Canada who are involved in providing medical assistance in dying (MAID). Their insights provide another side to the story, and they are essential to our understanding of how the right to assisted dying is changing the way Canadians experience the dying process.

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Liana Brittain: How assisted dying has changed the way Canadians experience death

The passage of Canada's medical assistance in dying law has transformed the way some Canadians experience the dying process. In her latest blog post, Liana Brittain reflects on this change and reminisces about how she and her husband, Paul, planned for his assisted death. 

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Andrew's story: How the assisted dying law discriminates against young Canadians

For as long as he can remember, Andrew Adams has lived with intolerable, unpredictable pain. But because of his age and the overly restrictive and unconstitutional assisted dying law, he is barred from accessing his Charter right to an assisted death. Like his close friends, Julia Lamb and Adam Maier-Clayton, Andrew is taking the time to speak out for much-needed changes to a law that currently excludes far too many suffering Canadians.

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In Case You Missed It: August 2017

In Case You Missed It is a monthly round-up of news articles and commentaries featuring Dying With Dignity Canada speakers and stories. Did you miss these stories in August?

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Judy's story: I support advance requests for assisted dying because my husband's last years were horrifying

When Brian was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Parkinson's, he and his wife, Judy, read everything they could about his disease and his prognosis. They wanted to be ready and to know what to expect. Sadly, nothing could have prepared them for a reality that was far worse than they had ever anticipated. In this blog post, Judy, who asked that her real name not be used to protect her privacy, writes honestly about her husband's horrifying last years and why she wishes his right to end-of-life choice had been respected.

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Liana Brittain: Will I have access to assisted dying?

Liana Brittain lives in excruciating chronic pain, but the federal assisted dying law offers her little hope. In her latest blog post, Liana writes about the changes she desperately wants to see made to the law, and calls on her fellow baby boomers to mobilize in support of real choice and compassion at end of life.

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Dr. David Amies: Are attitudes toward assisted dying changing?

Informal polls conducted at the Canadian Medical Association's annual general meeting on August 23 show rising support among doctors for medical assistance in dying. Dr. David Amies writes about the significance of these results and wonders if this is a tell-tale sign of changing attitudes toward the once polarizing issue of assisted dying.

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Debra's story: My father was forced to suffer for months before he could access assisted dying

It was a horrifying emotional and physical roller coaster that never seemed to end. Austin, an Ontario-based man whose last name has been withheld for privacy reasons, first made the request to die with dignity in late 2016, at the age of 89. Time and time again, his access was cruelly denied and obstructed by medical professionals. His daughter, Debra, writes about her father's months-long struggle to access his final wish.

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