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My Life - My Choice: Dying with Dignity

My Life - My Choice: Dying with Dignity

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“I feel a great deal of sorrow that I can’t be fixed… I don’t want to die, but I can’t live like this, I can’t live in pain.”


A Special Message from Producer John Thornton on the First Anniversary of Kathy Wardle’s Doctor Assisted Death – March 17, 2016

In February 2015, Toronto resident, real estate broker and passionate dog-lover Kathy Wardle called long-time friend and ZoomerMedia producer John Thornton to ask if he would be interested in buying her Cabbagetown house because she was downsizing. Little did John know the real reason behind Kathy’s decision to sell.

Despite numerous surgeries and countless medications, including the maximum allowable daily dose of morphine, Kathy’s years of chronic pain had reduced her life to, in her words, “less than zero”. Uncertain about the timing of the Canadian government’s legalization of physician assisted death, Kathy began the lengthy and thorough process required to get the “green light” to legally end her life overseas in Switzerland.

My Life My Choice: Kathy leaving for Switzerland

My Life My Choice: Kathy and Lesley in Switzerland

 

 

 

 

My Life – My Choice: Dying with Dignity is the result of John and Kathy’s unexpected and emotional journey to document her final weeks and the aftermath of her brave and lucid decision through intimate conversations with family and friends, interviews with physicians and chronic pain experts.

Kathy’s preference would have been to die a graceful death at home in Toronto surrounded by loved ones. Her hope was that My Life – My Choice: Dying with Dignity would serve to create awareness about chronic pain and stimulate greater conversation around end of life care and end of life choice.

My Life My Choice: Kathy's Room in SwitzerlandKathy_MyLife_600_10


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In the News

The topic of dying with dignity in Canada has been in the headlines a lot lately, thus providing Canadians with further information, insight and opinion on the matter.

“Federal Government of Canada Unveils Assisted Dying Bill”
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CBC.ca
“1st doctor-assisted death on Ontario granted to terminally ill Toronto man.”
[Read Full Article]

Toronto Life
“I helped eight people end their lives. By the time you read this, I would’ve ended mine.”
[Read Full Article]

The Globe and Mail
“ALS sufferer first Canadian to receive judge’s approval for assisted death.”
[Read Full Article]

Metro
“Toronto Man wants to be Ontario’s first case of doctor-assisted suicide.”
[Read Full Article]

CBC.ca
“Archbishop of Toronto speaks out against assisted dying.”
[Read Full Article]

 DyingWithDignity.ca
“Dr. David Amies: With assisted dying report in hand, Ottawa has building blocks for new legislation.”
[Read Full Article]

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  • Jean Sutherland

    Thank you for this documentary. For me it was amazing to watch as I struggle with pain and making a decision about my life. Things that were said by Kathy hit home for me and helped me understand her pain and her decision. It should not have to be like this and little time and money goes into research on chronic pain. The cost is enormous to the health care system and with 25% of the population suffering with chronic pain something needs to be done. One thing for sure, they need to stop treating people in pain as though they may be a drug addict. Because of this attitude I was left under-medicated for 1 1/2 years and came close to Kathy’s decision myself. It’s an awful way to live and to feel on a daily basis.