When I watched the "Fatal Flaws" documentary a couple of years ago I can remember being profoundly impacted by Candice Lewis' story. Here is an excerpt from a tribute written to Candice by filmmaker Kevin Dunn, written to mark the passing of this remarkable young woman:
We lost a real prophet of hope today: Candice Lewis of St. Anthony, Newfoundland. I interviewed her for our film Fatal Flaws. Her mom, Shelia, texted me today to say that Candice died peacefully at home, almost four years after her harrowing experience when doctors tried to convince her to end her life with Canada’s new ‘medical aid in dying’ law.
Candice lived with Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida her entire life. Her life was not an easy one but her story touched thousands around the world and became an instrument in changing public discourse on assisted dying laws.
...She wanted to tell her story so that others would see first hand how these laws put vulnerable people at risk when they are at their lowest. “I don’t want to go” she told doctors that horrific night...
...Candice showed all of us that our disabilities do not define us but they do define how we experience the world. That in the end, our value lies in our ability to give or receive Love.
... Thanks for courageously sharing your story with us, Candice. The world is a better place for it.
You can read the full tribute here.