” Of all the “last resort” options for elective death—including physician-assisted death, voluntary euthanasia, palliative sedation, and stopping life-sustaining therapies —VSED is the least well-described or understood by the general public. This valuable, groundbreaking book fills that gap, and is invaluable reading for any patient and family seriously considering embarking on VSED—whether soon, because of a current condition of unacceptable suffering, or for some time in the far-off future, for those exploring the full range of legally available end-of-life options. The aging of the population due to advances in public health and medical treatments means that the number of people who will eventually develop degenerative diseases will increase. If you read this compelling and informative story now, you will forever after know that VSED exists, should you or any loved one ever be in a position to need it as an option.”
My recently published book, Choosing to Die, is the first personal story ever written about Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED). I am continuing to share excerpts from the Foreword, written by Dr. Timothy Quill, a well known palliative care doctor who is a leader in end of life issues. In much of 2015 and 2016, we both helped to organize, and speak at, the first national conference on VSED which was held at Seattle University in October 2016. Dr. Quill was the first keynote speaker.
My book goes into great detail. It is a love story, a partnership, and a journey I took with my husband as we traversed new territory. Now I share this information with others as a means to help educate others. For more resources and information on end of life choices, VSED and my personal story visit my homepage. The book is available on Amazon now.