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After watching a documentary about the life of Jack Kevorkian all I could think of is writing this blog.

Many of us remember him as Doctor of Death, the man who assisted in over 100 suicides for people who were in pain. He gave them the ability to pass in peace and end their suffering.

To say that this is a controversial subject is to put it mildly; even now so many years later most of us remember hearing about Kevorkian and debating if he had the right to take someone else's life, even with their consent and their plea.

I was surprised to learn that he was a man of many talents. While hearing the stories on the news about his assisted suicides through the years, I never knew that Dr. Kevorkian was an inventor, a musician, a writer, a great artist and even movie producer.

A glimpse into the life of this unusual man depicts his passion for trying to be the advocate who reminds us about the freedom to make our own decisions and exercise the 9th amendment. When asked why he is fighting so hard and willing to lose so much, he simply says something along those lines: "I'm doing it for me. No one knows what kind of death awaits us, and if no one can help me, I want to die with dignity and less suffering."

Fanatical in his beliefs, and not scared of anything following his release after eight years in prison and at the age of 80, Dr. Kevorkian runs for Congress.  No one, even himself thought that he had a chance, but those who knew him knew why he took on this challenge. He believes that many should lose for someone to finally win.

Many perceive him as cantankerous old man, but after watching this documentary you cannot help but think, how many men or women do you know that "talk the talk and walks the walk?" This man is willing to die for what he believes is our right to die when one is suffering beyond belief and no medicine can help alleviate the pain.

After watching my grandpa suffer for six months while dying of pancreatic cancer with doctors who basically told us a month into his suffering that it's now up to God, I wish that Dr. Kevorkian was his angel of death.

As I watched him on the television screen, all I could think of that we need more people of principal and dignity to fight for what we believe.

Would love to hear what you think of this subject and if you ever watched someone dear to you suffer without anyone being able to help.

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      Mztracy wrote Jul 20, 2010
    • This is an amazing documentary! heartheart

      I hope if I ever get to the point where there is nothing viable left of me, there is someone like him around to help me die with dignity!!



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      UK Girl wrote Jul 20, 2010
    • I have left a living will on a DVD which clearly states my wishes and how I want to die with dignity and not be just a corpse kept alive via tubes and machines I want people to remember me as a vibrant human .....



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      Frannie1964 wrote Jul 20, 2010
    • I was just thinking about him the other day. It’s weird, cause sometimes you sit around and things just pop in your head, well I was thinking “I wonder what Dr. Jack Kevorkian Is doing today“? Haven’t heard about him in awhile. The things that pop in your mind sometimes out of no where.

      I agree with you and Tracy. If I should ever be in so much pain that I cannot bare It anymore, I would want someone like him to help me go. I don’t know If thats a good thing or bad thing, but who wants to live in such awful pain that no medication or anything can help take it away.frown



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      Yana Berlin wrote Jul 20, 2010
    • @frannie1964, this documentary is on HBO, if you have cable you should be able to get it.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jul 20, 2010
    • I’m a Catholic and am not supposed to believe in this, but, I think that we have a right to die with dignity. I have a friend who was suffering with cancer and lived in a state that allows doctor assisted suicide. He had his lethal dose prescribed and said that, whatever he ultimately decided to do, that option gave him a lot of comfort. He died without needing to use it but I’ll never forget that statement he made about the comfort that option brought him.



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      Lazylola wrote Jul 20, 2010
    • I truly admire the work he did on behalf of those that needed him. I wish I could say I am ready to be the next Jack...but I’d settle for meeting the next Jack and having his number on speed dial.



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      Jewelrybyirina wrote Jul 20, 2010
    • I will find documentary, I do want to see it.



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      Anne E wrote Jul 20, 2010
    • I agree with Cynthia.  It goes against the way I was raised but I don’t want myself or my loved ones to suffer needlessly.



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      Max0125 wrote Jul 21, 2010
    • I want to watch the documentary. Under the right circumstances, it is more humane that allowing someone to suffer in pain.



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Jul 21, 2010
    • I have put this documentary at the top of my list to watch. If it were my decision to have someone assist me in death, I would certainly ask for help.
      It’s would be very hard for me to watch my family suffer thru a long sickness that will only lead to death anyway.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Jul 21, 2010
    • Unfortunately, there is no “other Jack” that is ready to stand up for what he believes to be our own right, and until someone is ready to take his place, many more will have to deal with the fact that we will have to endure what ever destiny has in store for us.



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Jul 21, 2010
    • I am in the middle of watching this right now. It is on, ON Demand/HBO Documentaries



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      Vikki Hall wrote Aug 15, 2010
    • I don’t know how I missed thi blog but oh my! Living in MI I heard alot about Dr K and all the goings on. Yana you‘re right when you say this subject is controversal. If it was me I would want someone like him to be there to fight for me and my dignity and pain!

      It was a great documentary and Al Pacino did a great job!



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