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A Piece of My Mind
August 23/30, 2006

My Mother’s Choice

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A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(8):907-908. doi:10.1001/jama.296.8.907

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, when she was 49 years old and I was a fourth-year medical student. “You will be a doctor,” she said. “You have to promise me, when the time comes, that you will give me something to end my life. If you love me, you won't let me suffer.” I was horrified to hear these words. “But Mαμα′, how can you ask me to do that? You know I can’t,” I responded, tears running down my face. Little did I know what the next 13 years would bring.

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