Monday, April 29, 2019

Get Up Stand Up

Trigger Warning: the following entry was written by Maria on March 10th, 2019, and has been subsequently posted by Sarah, Maria's friend, on the 49th day after her death. It contains discussion of self-inflicted euthanasia. If this topic is particularly sensitive for you, please be forewarned. 

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Today is March 10th - International Human Rights Day.  I want to write an inspirational, eloquent note, but I’m too exhausted.  I’ll keep it short and just be frank. 

I’m at peace with ending my life. But it brings up two important human rights issues which I’d like to share.  Let’s ponder them deeply.  

One is that ElectricHypersensitivity (EHS) in its severe manifestations forces people to become Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Refugees.  What rights do refugees have?  I’m not sure. I don’t know the law.  What I do know is not being able to find safe housing because of dangerous levels of EMFs is certainly a human rights dilemma.  Is it not?  Having to flee one’s home without the possibility of asylum or a safe haven is terrifying.  To be sick and homeless and in survival mode is wrong. 

I request that EMF refugees be treated with the concern and attention which other refugees receive.  Put us on the international agenda.  How about a story on the nightly news? 

As Nick Pineault writes in his AWESOME book The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs, “What’s happening to people with EHS is a crime against humanity.”  Well put, Nick.  'Nuf said. 

Second, heaps of people have extreme debilitating chronic illnesses.  The worst kind, of course, is one that’s not terminal.  That’s a life sentence of torture and isolation in many cases.  It is quite natural and understandable that at some point folks like this decide it’s time to die.  No easy decision, but nonetheless it happens. 

However, as it turns out, ending one’s life is no simple task.  There’s very, very little practical or emotional or spiritual support. 

In my book, this is a human rights issue that needs to be addressed now.  People who have already endured tremendous obstacles should have the choice to opt out.  The methods available now are either violent, bloody, or demeaning.  Trust me. 

However, if you happen to be Fido or Mr. Whiskers, then no problem.  When your time is over and you’re clearly in terrible pain and have no interest in walks or toys or treats, then your owner will shower you with compassion and love.  The mobile vet will come to the house where you feel safe and at ease.  You can put your head in your beloved owner’s lap while she strokes your head.  The vet gives a shot and voila, it’s over.  Easy peasy.  No shame, no secrets, no illegal purchases, no dehumanizing activities. 

Why is this?  I don’t understand and I’m deeply troubled.  Why should humans be told they must “hang in there” or “don’t give up” when clearly that is not kind or compassionate?  Humans deserve the right to not be poisoned by EMFs, chemicals, and other pollutants.  Humans deserve the right to have safe housing.  And humans deserve the right to die when we’re ready - with dignity and care and support.  Drugs should be available to put us “to sleep” just as we do with our pets. 

I put a picture of Bob Marley (well, actually Sarah put it) because I love his song “Get Up, Stand Up”.  Play that after you read this.  Very powerful. 

Now you see the light.  You gotta stand up for your rights. 


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  2. love you maria and miss talking to you on the phone dearly, you were my closest ehs friend

    -stephanie rullan

  3. I appreciate so much that Maria was thinking ahead and thinking of others when she requested having her final thoughts posted. She makes the case for her choices very eloquently.

  4. I have just read your obituary. It is an important act to choose to die to begin to illuminate the dangers of our tech environment. May your sacred journey bring to you and your friends peace and well-being. Thank you for your gift of true Love. Kate