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ďLife should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!Ē
- Hunter S. Thompson

Death With Dignity

From the cradle to the grave, we are shepherded by the societal expectations of what is right and wrong. Excel in your studies (or your sport if that is your given gift), go to college, get a job, settle down and buy a house. After forty years of dedicated service you can retire, travel and relax until itís time to go the great beyond. The great beyond is the great unknown. In some hearts itís an eternal date with the man in the sky while for others itís time to go to the back of the line and wait for your number to be called only to return once again to perhaps get it right this time. No one has concrete evidence about what happens when you die and that is what makes life the great mystery.

All of the aforementioned milestones make a great road map for a fortuitous life but a road map that takes something for granted Ė your health. When the Fates throw a monkey wrench into your good intentions, you enter into a new place with uncharted territories. Your reality becomes devoid of the material things youíve wanted or acquired and youíre stuck facing the fact that we are all indeed merely mortal.

But you are supposed to fight the good fight. Your body is bloated from the steroids and your hair falling out in clumps from the chemo but itís nothing a fistful of pain meds canít fix. Until recently, the law of the land forbade you from deviating from any path except the one that leads you by the hand into the politics of death. Itís a multi-billion dollar industry that has no cure.

ďThe world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type Ö Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!"
- Brittany Maynard

Brittany Maynard has single-handedly resurrected the conversation to a new generation of earthlings who are probably too young to remember Dr. Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian. After fighting the good fight and getting her ass kicked, her cancer no longer afforded her a quality life. Her decision was a big no-no in the eyes of Death, Incorporated. They are the ones who have been able to call the shots when it comes to deciding how you are going to leave this world. She is taking money out their pockets by avoiding the constant ringing of their cash register by not filling prescriptions and forgong the bedside hospital vigils and piles of discarded adult diapers.

"Dying is not a crime."
- Jack Kevorkian

This is the worst possible thing that could ever happen to the corporate medical and health industry. Could you imagine the devastating outcome of what would happen to their earnings and profits if citizens of Earth took control of how, when, where and why we decide to leave this world rather than leaving it up to lobbyists and bean counters?

In the brave decisions made by Brittany Maynard in the fall of 2014, she has become a media darling and the poster child for Compassion and Choices.

It is time to take back control of our lives and our bodies. We must break the chains of the what society thinks is best for us and make the leap of faith that it is only ourselves that ultimately are responsible for knowing what is best for us.

Death With Dignity is now legal in five states: Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico.

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