PALO ALTO, Calif. — For Thomas P. Yacoe, the word is “terrifying.”

Leah Hemberry describes it as “constant fear.”

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    I have no idea of what to do. In all honesty, I would rather die, than to continue in so much pain, and every week a serious withdrawal on top of another serious withdrawal…… I don’t want a legislature in the exam room with me, nor do I want my doctor, doctoring individuals under a recommended or mandatory policies that do nothing but harm. I feel these doctors are violating the Hippocratic oath.

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