Rebecca was diagnosed in 2012 with breast cancer. Since then, she has received numerous rounds of chemo and radiation in an effort to stop the disease progress. Cancer has spread to her liver, brain, and in 2016, to her spine.
As of this taping in June 2016, she continues treatment and hopes to extend her life and quality of life as long as possible. She supports safe Death with Dignity laws and hopes for one in Maine.
She knows she may not be here to see it pass. She is sharing her story so that others may eventually get the end-of-life option she does not currently have: to choose her own way forward as she faces the end of her life.
Update: Rebecca died January 5, 2017. According to her husband, she did not die in the way she had hoped: peacefully and at ease. Rebecca's death continues to inspire Maine citizens to work for a Death with Dignity law.