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This is the John Weigel Death with Dignity Re-Location Fund. All funds will be applied to re-locating John Weigel to Oregon.

Unfortunate side effect to quad by-pass, brain damage to left frontal, parietal, temporal areas. Brain damage has been classified as a progressive sub-set of Alzheimer's. Current living accommodation, room in private condo in Boulder Colorado is about to change dramatically as the owner of the condo brings her very ill adult alcoholic son into the condo.

I belief in Death with Dignity and feel that as long as I am going to have to move out of my current accommodation, I should re-locate to Oregon -- the state with the most experience with this difficult area of medicine. I have been able to get by on my SS Disability these past 5 years because I worked 42 years before this side effect condition manifested itself. I simply have not been able to set aside enough money on a monthly basis to have sufficient capital to make this sort of move. I lost what should have been a good retirement stream of funds when I was erroneously diagnosed as suffering from "pseudo-dementia." The word "pseudo" in front of dementia implied that there was a possibility that I was just severely depressed. So, the doctors 7 years ago advised me to quit my job as a professor and my "dementia" symptoms had a chance to go away. Hence, my professional disability insurance vanished when I followed the physician's counsel and tried to find a less rigorous job. Unfortunately, the "pseudo" was proven incorrect by a Pet Scan two years later in late 2006. The brain was significantly damaged and I clearly was not faking the symptoms.

Long story short, at 64 now and faced with a very difficult change to my very modest living accommodations, I have noted some significant aspects of the progression of the Alzheimer's type of brain damage. I feel that I would be much better off re-locating to Oregon to try to find a physician with sufficient experience with both my illness and the state's Death with Dignity Law.
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