University Heights woman to die on her own terms after right-to-die law takes effect

Posted at 8:40 PM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 23:40:16-04

A local woman suffering from a debilitating disease will get to choose when she dies under a new law.

California's right-to-die law takes effect Thursday.

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With the help of a ventilator, Eurika Strotto is able to breath. It's the little things like breathing and eating that have become even more difficult for her since being diagnosed with ALS two years ago.

"It's really difficult when you're really active to lose your ability to do stuff for yourself," Eurika said.

The 54 year-old can no longer walk and says she feels like a prisoner in her own body.

Eurika's wife and best friend of nine years has been by her side, helping her fight the disease.

But soon, their time together will end.

Eurika has decided to take her own life.

"I'm really sad that I didn't have more time with my wife and our friends, but I'm really relieved that I don't have to go through the rest of the horrors," Eurika said.

Californians who are terminally ill can take a prescription that will end their lives.

Juanita Strotto plans to be present for her wife's final moments.

Although she doesn't want to see Eurika go, she supports her decision.

"I have a pit in my stomach and I'm certainly dreading the day that I see her rolled out of this house. I also know there's an element of dread to everyday of her life right now," Juanita said.

Until then, the couple spends every day looking at pictures and reminiscing on the good times.

Eurika says she wants to leave this earth after having a celebration of life party this Sunday.

"I would rather have a happy time here with quality than live to be 100 and be miserable," Eurika said.

The woman wants UCSD to use her brain and spine for research about the disease.