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Right to Die

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Right to Die

In the late ‘80s, into the ‘90s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, I volunteered at Chris Brownlie AIDS hospice. AZT was just emerging and there were no cocktails available to keep the Beast at bay. Back then, AIDS and HIV diagnoses were tantamount to a death sentence. I watched so many people leave their bodies in a painful, agonizing way at a time when assisted suicide wasn’t legal even in Oregon. That happened in 1997, and while I witnessed courageous people dying hard, I understood why they called it the Death with Dignity Act.  

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A Friend Indeed

Andrea Cagan - Friday, October 02, 2015
A Friend Indeed

The idea of a “friend” is loosely tossed around these days. When someone says, “Let’s just be friends,” that means a lot more than, “Let’s not be lovers any more.” To me, it means that they want to share something with me that is sacred, safe and respectful. But something seems to have been lost in translation. 

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