By MOLLY A.K. CONNORS Monitor staff
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The doctor at Dana Farber Cancer Institute gave Charlie Morgan two choices: one type of chemotherapy or another type of chemotherapy.
But Charlie, a 48-year-old chief warrant officer with the New Hampshire National Guard, had had enough chemotherapy. So far, it hadn’t worked, and it made her so sick that she had to be hospitalized.
So she created a third option: no chemotherapy.
The decision, she said, was empowering.
Charlie burst onto the national scene last September when she announced that she was a lesbian on MSNBC. She was celebrating the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy prohibiting gays from serving openly in the military. Its repeal allowed her to share stories about her wife, Karen, and their daughter, Casey, without fear of a court-martial.
It was a triumphant day, but it marked the beginning of the fight of – and for – her life.
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