Bridgeport woman’s journey to death begins

Her son Jake Shannon says her condition has rapidly deteriorated since Tuesday.

Mark Sudol

Jan 3, 2024, 10:42 PM

Updated 147 days ago

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The time has come for Bridgeport's Lynda Bluestein to make her journey to die.
Her son Jake Shannon says her condition has rapidly deteriorated since Tuesday.
"It's so hard to take this," says Bluestein.
Now in much pain from ovarian and fallopian tube cancer, she has packed her belongings so that she can die in Vermont. Medical aid in dying is not legal in Connecticut.
"Our state has failed my family and many others. Who can take a calendar and say that's the day I'm going to die? And to make me move? I was astonished on how cruel that felt," says Bluestein.
Bluestein's husband will drive her and accompany her on the four-hour trip to Vermont.
"I just want to go to sleep,” says Bluestein.
Bluestein has made the most of her time here on Earth, fighting against gun violence and battling legislators in Hartford for the right to die.
One of her lasting memories will be her crusade for wind phones. They are disconnected rotary phones that have allowed people to grieve loved ones.
Bluestein's son and her twin granddaughters carried her out of her home Wednesday. Neighbors who know her story stopped to wish her well.
"A very safe last journey. She's just so brave," said a neighbor.
Her fight with Connecticut has ended, along with her fight to live.
"Won the battle, lost the war," says Bluestein.
Bluestein's son says his mother got to Vermont early Wednesday afternoon.


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