Ellen Maude Bennett was a 64-year-old Canadian woman whose obituary is her plea for doctors to look past the size of their patients.
Ellen was diagnosed with inoperable cancer, giving her only days to live.
As she prepared for her death, Ms. Bennett requested that her obituary be a catalyst in the conversation about medical professionals and how they treat larger women. The end of the obituary reads:
"A final message Ellen wanted to share was about the fat shaming she endured from the medical profession. Over the past few years of feeling unwell she sought out medical intervention and no one offered any support or suggestions beyond weight loss. Ellen's dying wish was that women of size make her death matter by advocating strongly for their health and not accepting that fat is the only relevant health issue."
People of all shapes and sizes, from all over the world, agree with Ellen's plea.
@GlobalBC Shame on those negligent doctors!— BC girl (@BC girl)1532962470.0
After years of feeling unwell & seeking help only to be told that the problem was simply her weight, Ellen Maud Ben… https://t.co/QgIYzQgmrX— Nadia Mohd Rasidi (@Nadia Mohd Rasidi)1532543317.0
@nrasidi It wasn't until I started taking interest in my sister's health as an adult and took her to my doctor that… https://t.co/oq7mlokaYd— sig💭 saw amatw (@sig💭 saw amatw)1532663714.0
People of all sizes have a right to equitable health care services, free from discrimination based on their size. M… https://t.co/gouqivi24K— BC Human Rights (@BC Human Rights)1533135575.0
This could be me. ADVOCATE for access to fair healthcare, friends. No matter your size, if your doctor suggests we… https://t.co/6QSKPWXntd— 🔥This Is Not Fine🔥 (@🔥This Is Not Fine🔥)1532543346.0
Many comments on her obituary are touching and show that she was not alone in her battle for adequate healthcare.