New California Story: Christina Derwey

December 13, 2015

This week, we published five new stories, from California, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and two from Texas.

Christina Derwey: I Want to Have the Choice

Christina Derwey is a retired postal worker in Crescent City, California. She watched her stepfather die a protracted, agonizing death, and her mother a peaceful one using Oregon’s law.

To this day, when I think of my stepfather, all I can see is a shell of man riddled with pain. I still cry for him after all these years. When I think of my mother, I see her smiling face slowly going into a restful sleep. I can smile with her, thinking of how happy and at peace she was when she died.

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