Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Terminal Uncertainty: "Washington's new 'Death With Dignity' law allows doctors to help people commit suicide once they've determined that the patient has only six months to live. But what if they're wrong?"

We almost lost her because she was having
too much fun, not from cancer" 
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She noticed the back pain first. Driving to the grocery store, Maryanne Clayton would have to pull over to the side of the road in tears. Then 62, a retired computer technician, she went to see a doctor in the Tri-Cities, where she lived. The diagnosis was grim. She already had Stage IV lung cancer, the most advanced form there is. Her tumor had metastasized up her spine. The doctor gave Clayton two to four months to live.

That was almost four years ago.