Medical aid in dying is a practice that allows a terminally ill adult who is mentally capable, and who has a prognosis of six months or less to live, to request a prescription for medication from their doctor. They can then decide if they want to take the medication to die peacefully. This is an end of life option that is available in California, as well as other places across the country. Join me and my guest Samantha Trad, from Compassion and Choices.
Samantha Trad is the National Director of Care Advocacy for Compassion and Choices. In this role, she works to expand patient-centered and patient-directed end-of-life care across the country, which includes makingsure people have the tools they need to plan for a possible dementia diagnosis and other serious illness. She is also an expert on implementing medical aid in dying laws and leads education and outreach efforts to eliminate barriers for eligible patients who want the option of medical aid in dying. Before working at Compassion & Choices, she taught American Politics at the University of Redlands and was the Executive Director of the Arizona Advocacy Network. Samantha has a Bachelor’s of Art in Political Science from the University of Redlands and Master’s of Art in International Economic and Political Studies from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.
1 in 8 (about 12%) women in the U.S will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and it’s estimated that 40,450 women will die this year from breast cancer.
What is it like for someone who has a diagnosis of metastatic cancer, as they face the challenges of treatments, tests, side effects, and planning for their future? And how do they develop the ability and mindset to live each day fully with a full range of emotions and experiences?
Dr. Janet Sollod has a unique perspective being both a physician and cancer patient for the last nine years. Born and raised in San Francisco, Dr Janet went to MIT undergrad, USC medical school, and UCLA for pediatric residency. She practiced for a year in Puerto Rico before joining her father in his pediatric practice in San Francisco in 2004. They eventually became partners, then sold the practice last year. Dr Janet has been living with metastatic breast cancer for over seven years. She also snowboards, rock climbs, dances, hikes, backpacks, practices yoga, travels the world and says “Yes” to any adventure. To hear her speak listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu31oIlHEP8&feature=youtu.be
Catherine Williams was one of the 6-10% of people diagnosed with “de novo,” or from the beginning, stage IV metastatic breast cancer, after her first mammogram at age 40. She is a patient advocate and volunteers for several organizations including METUP, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, METAvivor, Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS), and the California Dialogue on Cancer. Catherine is determined to help change the landscape of metastatic breast cancer. She loves books, traveling, cooking & eating, outdoor adventures, and the Oregon Ducks. After a couple of life-changing experiences that helped her deal with her diagnosis, she adopted a new motto: We Never Have Another Chance At Today!