Voting for aid in dying was easy, but one Colorado couple struggled toward a graceful death
One year after measure went into effect, their experience reflects confusion and uneven outcomes
December 14, 2017
A year ago in November, when Susan and Kurt Huschle cast their ballots among the two-thirds of Colorado voters in favor of the state's aid-in-dying law, they viewed the measure with the personal detachment of a distant what-if.
Three months later, Kurt faced a terminal diagnosis of a rare bile-duct cancer. Pain mounted exponentially, blasting through his medication. His once-sturdy frame rapidly diminished. And suddenly, the theoretical idea of ending his life with a doctor-prescribed medication became a very real option — one he desperately wanted to have in hand.
"We voted for it," Susan recalls, sitting at the kitchen table where she and her husband first heard the news that he didn't have long to live. "But we didn't know anything about it."
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