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More Than a Thousand People Turn Out for Prom of Wisconsin Teen Choosing to Die

Health & Wellness  (tags: Right to Die, Jerika Bolen, spinal muscular atrophy type 2, last wish, Wisconsin, children, disease )

- 1065 days ago -
Jerika, a tech-savvy teen with a punk attitude and a love of alternative music, had a final wish âEUR" a special prom, a dance party for friends and family to dress in their "fancy" clothes and celebrate one more time.


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Karen Gee (91)
Sunday July 24, 2016, 7:47 am
Thank you for sharing

Freya H (345)
Sunday July 24, 2016, 7:54 am
Might as well go out in style!

Kathleen M (208)
Sunday July 24, 2016, 8:52 am
A truly amazing story. Thx for sharing, Nancy!

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 24, 2016, 10:23 am
I'm so glad that she was able to have this celebration for her life and that she got to meet her idol on Youtube and others that took the time to help put this on and make it a wonderful evening from the firefighters, police, the florist that donated flowers and all the people who showed up, some driving for miles to do so.

May we all be so joyous and be able to let go so graciously as she is doing when it is our time. Also this is a reminder to keep pushing for States to allow us all to have a Death with Dignity.

Anna P (97)
Sunday July 24, 2016, 4:38 pm
This story is so inspiring, what a courageous girl. Thank you for sharing Nancy. (I need a tissue now)

Animae C (509)
Sunday July 24, 2016, 4:47 pm
TY Nancy

Anne K (139)
Sunday July 24, 2016, 5:45 pm
Thanks, Nancy.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 24, 2016, 5:56 pm
The young teen, Jerika, had a favorite Youtube minor celebrity that she like, he goes by the name Social Repose. He showed up, as shown in the video that Nancy posted, just a quick second.

He looked rather whacky, in a good way, after all he flew out to make her Prom even better so I looked him up. As Pokemon Go is popular right now I thought I'd combine everything. So here is this young girls celebrity that came to visit her. I think he is delightfully funny myself Pokemon Go With Social Repose

Suzanne L (89)
Sunday July 24, 2016, 9:50 pm
I find myself lost for words on this one Nancy. Thanks for posting.

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday July 24, 2016, 10:06 pm
Iam crying

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday July 24, 2016, 11:01 pm
Beautiful story in a world full of conflict and distress.

Dawnie W (250)
Monday July 25, 2016, 1:59 am
❤️:-()❤️Noted...What a gracious young girl. so beautiful and brave in the face of adversity. :-(((( ❤️
❤️ Thanking you kindly for sharing this information❤️
💕💛ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💕♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥💕Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❤️ღ💛💕

Danuta Watola (1251)
Monday July 25, 2016, 4:51 am

Past Member (0)
Monday July 25, 2016, 6:00 am
Death is never a choice

addy J (1)
Monday July 25, 2016, 6:44 am
so sad

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Monday July 25, 2016, 9:19 am
How wonderful so many people, some who have never met Jerika, have made her last wish come true by donating and dropping in on a party to celebrate her life. It will give Jerika's mum, Jen, the strength to carry on. I admire Jen's dedication to her daughter and to her daughter's wish to end her unbearable pain. I'd only wish Jerika had the choice of ending her life through euthanasia and not by having to unhook her ventilator in a hospice.

Mandi T (367)
Monday July 25, 2016, 10:30 am
TY Nancy

Janet B (0)
Monday July 25, 2016, 12:29 pm

Joanne Dixon (37)
Monday July 25, 2016, 2:23 pm
Death is a choice more often than we like to think. The choice to leap in front of another person, or push them out of the way (thereby getting in the way) of a threat. And how many times have you heard of a terminally ill person hanging on for a holiday, or a birthday, or until a particular person arrived to say goodbye? My brain is a little numb right now, or I could probably think of more examples. But we talk about death with dignity. Taking away a person's volition is the ultimate indignity.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday July 25, 2016, 2:57 pm
No sentient being wishes to be incarcerated, and being paralyzed or imprisoned within the non or partially functioning body can be just as limiting.

Lenore K (0)
Monday July 25, 2016, 5:58 pm

Colleen L (3)
Monday July 25, 2016, 10:52 pm
Beautiful story. Very touching. Thanks Nancy

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Tuesday July 26, 2016, 2:19 am

Thanks Nancy for this beautiful story. What a courageous young lady - one has to admire her will and determination of doing what is right for her. Only she knows how it is to live her life and feel the 24/7 pain.

I agree with Joanne's comment; it resonates a lot. My late brother had cancer, fighting it for 10 years. Mid 2013 it became unbearable, the cancer literally exploded everywhere in his body. After long discussions with his immediate family he did a number of things he wanted to do for a last time (like visiting a few of his favorite places with special memories and meeting friends) and then he decided it's time to stop dialysis (he had both kidneys removed 2 years prior) knowing it would give him max. 2 more weeks to live. All he asked the doctors for is to keep him long enough alive until I was in Switzerland. I enjoyed 3 beautiful days with my big brother and then we let him go. It was the right decision for him and it must, hence, be alright for us too.

A very dear friend of mine sent me two weeks ago a beautiful message when she heard that I lost a very dear and long-time friend of mine: "There's no death. Only a change of worlds" (Chief Seattle). If we all could learn to look at it in this way ... death might lose a lot of its scariness?!

I wish Jerika all the very best and may she have a peaceful and pain free cross-over into the spiritual world when she is ready.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday July 26, 2016, 3:15 am
I hope she is able to have her wish without anyone trying to interfere.

Les L (12)
Tuesday July 26, 2016, 9:59 am

Trish K (29)
Tuesday July 26, 2016, 12:50 pm
Lovely - life and death and how to do it is our choice alone.

Janis K (129)
Tuesday July 26, 2016, 7:38 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Edith B (146)
Tuesday July 26, 2016, 9:15 pm
That is an awesome story, I am so glad she got her Prom.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 29, 2016, 12:33 pm
I live about 2 hours north of Jerika, and this made our local newspaper about a month ago with 2 pages telling her story. It's good that she got the prom she wanted and had such a wonderful time.

lisa O (6)
Friday July 29, 2016, 1:38 pm
Thanks for sharing this. Truly heart wrenching. Glad the prom was a success.

Peggy B (43)
Saturday July 30, 2016, 2:31 pm

pam w (139)
Sunday July 31, 2016, 5:30 pm
I'm so glad she can have some control throughout her life. People can be good....what a memory for her.

Diane K (134)
Sunday July 31, 2016, 8:25 pm
Sweet girl. She got to say her good byes, but sad they can't help her be well. thx for sharing.

Lenore K (0)
Monday August 1, 2016, 7:26 pm
ever sick, the bible says that if anyone destroys their temple God will destroy that person because He put His Spirit in us

Wendi M (9)
Thursday August 11, 2016, 7:08 am
Thank you for sharing this story So powerful

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday August 16, 2016, 3:13 am
Thank you

Teresa Cowley (274)
Sunday December 18, 2016, 1:19 pm
Sad and beautiful--or, as Peggy B. put it perfectly, "bittersweet".
Thank you Nancy.
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