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

Stella Young

Stella Young

By Stella Young - comedian, television presenter, disability advocate and was formerly editor of ABC's Ramp Up website. First published on the ABC's Ramp Up website

The medical industrial complex has an inaccurate, but incredibly powerful, view on my life.

Disability is often framed, in medical terms, as a disaster, so you can forgive my reluctance to grant doctors even more control over my life (and death), writes Stella Young.

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.

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