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Assisted death plan brings tug of feelings

As a teenager, Ellen watched her mother endure a decadelong battle with breast cancer, shrinking to 65 pounds and growing so weak she had to be carried around. Ellen vowed that she herself would not die that way.

“I always just felt it was a horrifying and difficult way to go, for me,” said Ellen, a 73-year-old from Boston.

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