Brain cancer patient fighting assisted suicide bills in NJ & NY
“I have battled against terminal cancer and I’ve beaten it, so I don’t need to fight for myself – who I fight for are those who want to live.”
Those are the words of J.J. Hanson, an Iraq War veteran who was diagnosed with stage-four glioblastoma, brain cancer, in May of 2014. Doctors told J.J. that he had a couple of months before he would die.
So when Mr. Hanson speaks about the people who he is fighting for now, as President of the Patient Rights Action Fund, he’s speaking about folks like him who might be steered toward assisted suicide as it is wrongheadedly pushed toward legalization.
In this report from WWOR “My9NJ”, we learn about J.J.’s impressive perseverance. He is getting the word out on his own story, as both New York and New Jersey also consider physician assisted suicide legislation, in the hopes that people recognize the power of human will, and the amazing accomplishments that can come out of it.
For J.J., that will was the difference between life and death.
In the context of that perseverance and that ability to live well beyond the bounds that doctors projected, we would like to note that J.J. was diagnosed with the same form of brain cancer as Brittany Maynard. If we capitulate to proponents of assisted suicide, then accepting an imminent-death in the face of terminal illness will become prevailing wisdom, even if a patient wants to fight.
Whether for complete victory like J.J. or for as many meaningful moments as possible, like so many others, we are fighting for those who want to live.