Legacy of Life News

From the time she was born, Joanne Rose has been battling an inherited disorder that has impacted the health of her kidneys. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a congenital illness in which clusters of cysts develop primarily within the kidneys, causing them to enlarge and lose function over time. For Rose, she didn’t know she had the illness, or that her kidneys were losing function until 1980, at the age of 21.
Her Last Project, a film that chronicles a remarkable woman’s end-of-life journey, premieres on Friday, Sept. 13 as part of the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival’s documentary program. This extraordinary documentary follows Dr. Shelly Sarwal’s story of taking control of her destiny and leaving a lasting legacy. Diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy, an incurable disease, Dr. Shelly Sarwal chose to end her life through medical assistance in dying (MAiD) and to become an organ and tissue donor.