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Desire for dignity

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017

Florence resident Bruce Yelle wants greater control over the time, place and quality of the end of his life, but his multiple illnesses complcate matters. mark Brennan/Siuslaw News

In one of the most famous and enduring dramas ever written, William Shakespeare poses perhaps the fundamental question for each of us, “To be or not to be?”

That is the question that Florence resident Bruce Yelle asks himself on a regular basis. And the answer he has settled upon, at least for today, is that he wants to continue “being.”

But that could soon change.

Yelle suffers from a number of life threatening diseases, the most debilitating of them being Parkinson’s. He also has Diabetes and exhibits many of the more acute symptoms that accompany his illness. His circulation is not good and he has numbness and pain in his extremities. His vision can become blurred and cuts and bruises heal slowly and painfully.

His ability to move about freely is steadily decreasing while his overall level of pain continues to increase.

For the complete article see the 02-15-2017 issue.

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Keywords: Bruce Yelle, Death with Dignity, Oregon, ODDA, right to die, Oregon Legislature

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