Tuesday, October 14, 2014
My Better Half
Many people toss around "my better half" as if it's a straight-up synonym for husband/wife/spouse. In my case, it's completely, verifiably, the truth.
Judgey McJudgerson that I am, without even knowing full details of her case, I've reacted with vocal ire to Brittany Maynard's self-imposed November 1st---quite literal---"dead"line. (Try as I might, cannot extricate myself empathetically from her husband's emotions in all this...)
But back to my better half. Here's his response to Brittany Maynard's situation:
"I don't find this whole story to be so dramatic. I get it. It's a quality of life call. If she has no treatment alternatives or access to clinical trials then I get it. I don't know all the details of her case but I would hope she's not throwing in the towel before the fight begins. I've been stage 4 for years with an incurable cancer and have suffered endless nights, miserable weeks and countless indignities but I am a fortunate soul. My treatments have worked and given me the chance to celebrate my 19th wedding anniversary, raise my kids into their teens and receive the love and support of hundreds of people. I'm a lucky guy. I wish her nothing but peace."
Posted by Cheryl Lage