FHC #128: ‘I Promised My Sister I Would Write About How She Chose to Die’

Late last year, Fixing Healthcare cohost Dr. Robert Pearl read a remarkable essay in the New York Times titled, “I Promised My Sister I Would Write About How She Chose to Die.” In that essay, Steven Petrow offers a deeply personal account of his sister Julie’s choice to use Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) in New Jersey.

Her journey, marked by advanced ovarian cancer and the exhaustion of treatment options, illustrates the importance of MAID as a means of taking control at life’s end. The piece advocates for wider awareness and accessibility of such options, emphasizing the dignity in making a profound and personal choice.

Petrow, a contributing columnist at The Washington Post and the author, most recently, of “Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old,” joins the podcast today to discuss a panoply of end of life issues, which is the focus of this ninth season of Fixing Healthcare.

Tune in for the full interview and join the conversation on social media.

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Dr. Robert Pearl is the author of the upcoming book “ChatGPT, MD: How AI-Empowered Patients & Doctors Can Take Back Control of American Medicine.” All profits from the book go to Doctors Without Borders.

Fixing Healthcare is a co-production of Dr. Robert Pearl and Jeremy Corr. Subscribe to the show via Apple, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you find podcasts. Join the conversation or suggest a guest by following the show on Twitter and LinkedIn.