Read Stories About Minnesotans Who Want Real Care
‘I’d rather be dead than disabled.”
I remember feeling that way several months before I became severely disabled. In 1980, I had taken a group of teenage girls to see a young quadriplegic named Joni Eareckson Tada, who painted beautifully by holding a paintbrush in her mouth. Though inspired by her talent, I remember telling the girls, “I could never live like that.”
A few months later my neck was broken in a car accident, and I became a quadriplegic, paralyzed below my shoulders. I would spend the next year and a half in various hospitals and rehabilitation centers, dealing with medical problems and learning to live with a spinal cord injury.
Healthcare is about health and care; assisted suicide defies both. The medical community should not be in the business of writing off a person's care in favor of assisting in death. Assisted suicide has an insidious effect on the family, friends, and society the person leaves behind. The physician and the pharmacist are also deeply affected.
Kathy & Kylen
I have spent the past twenty-one years of my life as a disability advocate trying to get people to see the dignity and the value and the worth of his life.