The woman in the movie last night reminded me of the person I often wish I was – tall and lean, athletic and calm, beautiful in an untended, unnoticed way. She appeared to be completely at home in her own body even though it had let a deadly tumor grow on on her liver for a very long time without letting her know. Surgery and chemotherapy pushed it to the corners but only for a while. The cancer came roaring back. And when it did, it had decided to kill her.
Her name was Cody. She was in the movie, How to Die in Oregon, because she had decided that, at some point, soon she thought, she would drink the glassful of dissolved Seconal capsules that were prescribed for her by her doctor under Oregon’s Death with Dignity law.
Cody sets a date and creates a to-do list. The…
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