Dying with dignity: let’s focus more on the latter

by Stella Young, The Drum, 14 November 2014

Stella Young, an Australian comedian, died suddenly a year ago. The previous month she had written an opinion piece for the ABC.

About five years ago I found myself in the small holding bay of a hospital operating theatre. Swimming in my enormous white gown and little paper hairnet, I was about to be anaesthetised for a fairly uncomplicated procedure on my right arm. No matter how accustomed you are to it, surgery is never a pleasant thing, and so I was nervous.

I’m not sure whether it was the ill fittingness of my cap and gown or simply the fact no-one had told the anaesthetic nurse that I’m a physically disabled woman that induced the look of shock, but the nurse’s eyes widened and she let out an audible gasp when she saw me.

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