Cass tried for ten years to manage endometriosis, and then her later diagnosis of bipolar. She followed all of the advice she was given, even as sometimes she hated it and felt it was misguided. After years of doing what she was told she weaned herself from benzos, as best she could, and ended up with a severe case of Benzo Withdrawal Syndrome. To hear her say it this was not withdrawal; it was the lasting neurological and body damage she was left with after the withdrawal was complete.
She wants you to know about it.
She left two messages as she ended her suffering by taking her own life. One message was for her friends, the other was for the medical community and anyone else who would read it. There is some overlap between the two, but both discuss some very important matters.
The Medical Message focuses on her experiences with the benzodiazepines that were her prescribed treatment for many years as she tried to cope with bipolar. More specifically, she talks about what happened to her body from being on benzos, and encourages continued research and education among the medical community.
To her friends, the Friend Message is her parting note. She talks about some of the medical challenges she faced, and she talks about her frustrations with how this country approaches end-of-life situations, making a specific plea for the mercy of euthanasia, and for people to be able to die with dignity.
Share the message and join Team Cass as we become the voice she no longer has, to spread the words she has already said.