Boomer Cafe: How a boomer came to “Steep myself in death”
February 21, 2019 Finish Strong Media
“One movement that has come along during the prime of our baby boomer generation is the movement to give people options about how to handle the end of their lives. And one of the prime movers behind it is Barbara Coombs Lee of Portland, Oregon, who has become a national advocate as the head of Compassion and Choices. In this Boomer Opinion piece exclusive to BoomerCafé, Barbara explains how she got so involved — what people call “steeping herself in death” — and why.
As a nurse, intensive care units and emergency rooms were my specialty. I expertly deployed tubes, needles, and technological devices to save patients, and undertook rescues like cardiopulmonary resuscitation without thinking twice.
Until the night in a coronary care unit that changed everything.”