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LISTEN: Joan Williams, 71, is ending her life on her own terms Saturday at 8 a.m. She spoke to @CBCStephenQuinn  about spending her final days with her family before her medically assisted death. Photos by @Ben_Nelms 

High school teacher Joan Williams ended her life on her terms through medical assistance in dying. "I want people in the community to know that medical assistance in dying is a wonderful thing," she said.

Joan Williams, 71, spent years battling a neurological condition. At 8 a.m. today, she ended her life on her own terms through a medically assisted death. She reflected on her life with @CBCStephenQuinn  a few days before her death. More:

Joan Williams has lived a full and happy life. And tomorrow, she will pass away on her terms through a process known as Medical Assistance in Dying, or MAID. Hear her deeply personal story at 7:40.

In Opinion "We hear from low-income women who have to return to work, leaving small children home alone. Now they worry someone will call Child Protective Services and they will lose their children," writes Joan Williams.

‘Together To The End’ takes readers through the lives of her parents Harold and Joan Williams, who died in 2016.

‘Together To The End’ takes readers through the lives of her parents Harold and Joan Williams, who died in 2016.

‘Together To The End’ takes readers through the lives of her parents Harold and Joan Williams, who died in 2016.

Netflix Is a Joke Fest culminates in a tribute to 4 late legends ⁠— George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams ❤️

“I lost everything when the kids were taken,” Joan Williams said. “I lost my house, animals, everything was gone. All I knew was that I needed help.”

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