The fascinating story of Mary Klein, suffering with ovarian cancer, who worked ferociously for more than two years to pass Washington DC’s new aid in dying law, and became the first known person to use the new law.

Providing a clear illustration that nobody chooses aid in dying for frivolous reasons, the article quotes Klein in an email to her representative in the DC City Council: “I have advanced ovarian cancer that cannot be cured. I want to live. During the past two years I’ve had aggressive surgery that took 42 industrial strength staples to stitch me up, and nearly continuous chemotherapies resulting in nerve damage making it difficult to walk far, a hospital ‘super infection’, huge blood clots, pain, and numerous trips to the hospital ER for these and other life-threatening chemo side effects.”

Read the full story, published in the Washington Post on December 25, 2018.