A successful woman's life is irrevocably changed when she is diagnosed with ALS and ultimately finds her living situation impossible to endure.

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Emily Bauer
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Bob Bauer
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Lillian
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Katherine
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Betsy
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Roger
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Dr. Reuben Espinoza
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Lynn
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Andy Breton
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Lindsey James
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Dr. Harley Albert
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Manuel Silva
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Raylen
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Emily Bauer is a successful psychologist who is living the ideal family life until she is suddenly diagnosed with the dreaded neurological condition called ALS better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. In the beginning stages, she puts up a courageous fight against this terrible affliction but her condition is deteriorating which eventually leaves her in a vegetative state. Emily then pleads with her husband to help her die. Written by mts77

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12 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Das Recht zu sterben  »

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Very moving
9 September 2016 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

OK, so it wasn't the Titanic or some other blockbuster but I have to disagree with the previous poster who said Raquel shouldn't have been cast. I thought she handled the role amazingly well and both Michael and Raquel were very good. There was a woman who played a nurse that had played Isaiah's wife in Little House on the Prairie (I'm pretty sure it was "Grace")that also was very good with opposing views to right to die. Well worth a watch and food for thought. Very much of a tearjerker, you will want a bowl of ice cream, a blanket on the couch and a big box of tissues. The poster who talked about her Mom running through a sprinkler is how I would like to remember my Mom. Thank you, poster, for the beautiful visual.


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