Hanna Olivas: Mom-of-Four with Terminal Cancer Plans Death with Dignity

Mom-of-Four with Terminal Cancer Plans Death with Dignity

Hanna Olivas is a mom-of-four and is battling a rare and incurable blood cancer. As she approaches the end of her life, Olivas spoke to People about dying on her own terms.

The 45-year-old was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and given three to five years to live. She spent two years going through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, as well as other treatments.

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Hanna Olivas: Mom-of-Four with Terminal Cancer Seeks Death with Dignity

Unfortunately, doctors told her there isn’t much they can do to treat the cancer. They gave her a year or so to live.

In the face that terrible news, Hanna is focused on ending her life on her own terms.

“The last thing in the world I want to do is die, but it’s going to happen,” she told People. “This should be my decision and my decision only.”

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If it should come to that, Hanna plans to “empty a prescription of powdered medication into a glass of water or juice and drink it while surrounded by Jerry [Olivas], 46, a welder, and her four grown children.”

After taking the medication, she will fall asleep after a few minutes and die within the hour.

Hanna, who lives in Nevada, will have to move to California if she chooses to end her life as assisted dying isn’t legal in her state.

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Hanna Olivas: Mom-of-Four with Terminal Cancer Seeks Death with Dignity

Over the past few months, though, she has been lobbying her state’s government to guarantee end-of-life options for terminally ill patients. The legislation failed in an April vote, but is expected to be voted on again in January.

Hanna and Jerry dated in high school but broke up and each had four children of their own before reuniting in 2013.

Jerry proposed within months, telling People, “It came very natural. We just picked up where we left.”

Hanna Olivas: Mom-of-Four with Terminal Cancer Seeks Death with Dignity

In 2015, Hanna was pregnant, but lost the baby at 9 months. After bearing that loss, she was often fatigued and felt pain in her bones, but doctors wrote it off as depression. Ten months later, Hanna finally received the shocking diagnosis.

With the time she has left, Hanna has been checking things off her bucket list, including a big 45th birthday party and a trip to NYC.

Hanna Olivas: Mom-of-Four with Terminal Cancer Seeks Death with Dignity

Ideally, Hanna would like to take her last breaths while looking at the Pacific Ocean.

“The water is where I find the most peace,” she says. “The idea itself is terrifying, but my family won’t see me suffer and I won’t be in pain. I’ll be in peace. That’s all you can ask for.”

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