Death has taught Michelle Fisher a lot about living.
As the manager for the provincial Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Program for the Saskatchewan Health Authority and as a Registered Nurse who has spent her career caring for cancer and palliative patients, Fisher’s focus every day at work is on providing good end of life care.
“My job is not to advocate for medical assistance in dying, but to ensure that patients and their families know about all the end of life care options,” says Fisher. “If patients decide to choose that option, it’s my job to ensure that their right to a 'good death' is honoured.”
When she began working with the MAID program, Fisher felt that she had a lot to give patients and families in terms of knowledge around their end of life care options; but it’s turned out, it’s really the patients who have taught her.
“I’ve learned so much about love and courage; about not waiting and about welcoming every experience,” says Fisher. “We always think there will be a better time, place or circumstance. We spend more time fighting change than living in the moment.”
Michelle Fisher, manager for the provincial Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Program and a Registered Nurse who has spent her career caring for cancer and palliative patients.
Please contact HealthLine 811 if you have any questions or concerns regarding medical assistance in dying information or access. Additional information can be found on the Saskatchewan Health Authority website.