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Reimagine: Life, Loss, & Love
This event was part of Reimagine: Life, Loss, & Love

My Own Tongue

My Own Tongue
A first-person account of a witty 44 year-old woman's journey with terminal tongue cancer- determined to live her life on her terms. Every word in the play comes from her blog and email exchanges.

Cathy Quinn was a 44 year-old Rochester, NY resident who loved life. After a diagnosis of tongue cancer, she began blogging to share updates with friends and family. At times humorous, moving, hopeful, and poignant, her blog posts detailed her journey through the last two years of her life.

At the very end of her life she wanted medical aid in dying, but as this was (and still is) not legal in New York, she did not receive this care. She asked that her story be shared to raise awareness of medical aid in dying.

“My Own Tongue” is a dramatized reading of Cathy's actual blog posts and email exchanges. This "verbatim play" performed by five actors, written by actress/producer Suzanne Hayes-Kelly.

The play will be followed by a discussion.


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Performance Storytelling