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299: What if your only hope for life was choosing death?

299: What if your only hope for life was choosing death?

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21 November 2023

Growing up with a controlling and mentally abusive mother, a woman suffers from a severe eating disorder that leaves her hopeless, until she discovers Medical Assistance in Dying, a program in Canada whereby people can receive assistance from a medical practitioner to voluntarily end their life. Today’s episode featured Agata. If you’d like to reach out to her, you can email at [email protected] Agata's story came to us by way of Todd Rennebohm. Agata was originally featured on Todd's podcast, Bunny Hugs and Mental health, which focuses on conversations with survivors, professionals and families of those who have lost someone to mental illness and addictions. So please check out Bunny Hugs and Mental Health, and a special thanks to Todd for referring today's guest. Producers: Whit Missildine, Andrew Waits, Aviva Lipkowitz Content/Trigger Warnings: childhood medical trauma, sexual assault, parental abuse, severe eating disorder, anorexia, bulimia, suicide attempt, discussion of suicide, death and dying, explicit language   Social Media:  Instagram: @actuallyhappening Twitter: @TIAHPodcast Website: Website for Andrew Waits: Website for Aviva Lipkowitz: Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon: Wondery Plus: All episodes of the show prior to episode #130 are now part of the Wondery Plus premium service. To access the full catalog of episodes, and get all episodes ad free, sign up for Wondery Plus at   Shop at the Store: The This Is Actually Happening online store is now officially open. Follow this link: to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop.  Transcripts: Full transcripts of each episode are now available on the website, Intro Music: "Illabye" – Tipper Music Bed: “Cylinder Four” – Chris Zabriskie   Services If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources: National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Text or Call 988  National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264 National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at


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