A tragic loss

It is tragic to hear of the death of Marilyn Holsten, and I can believe her life was a "living hell" (The Province, August 26).

Her death is tragic because Marilyn was a real fighter and displayed incredible strength as she took on the eviction, and the federal medical marijuana program. MLA Jenny Kwan and I visited Marilyn and tried to get the provincial and federal governments to get better home support for her and approval for medical marijuana.

Ironically, we just got a copy of the letter from the federal health Minister today, saying she had been approved for the medical marijuana program, in late June. It is a telling story of our health care system, that Marilyn had to contend with so many obstacles and barriers, when she was so debilitated and just needed security and medical support.

I feel very saddened that her life ended this way.

This Blog Entry was posted on August 27, 2009

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