Helder's Story: A Death with Dignity

Helder's Story: A Death with Dignity

Helder’s Story: A Death with Dignity is an inspiring memoir narrated by Helder’s widow, Carol, who knew his story needed to be told.


Helder's Story: A Death With Dignity is the loving account of a man's extraordinary battle against cancer and, more importantly, his joy for life.  Helder Pereira was such a vibrant, vital figure that many of those who knew him found it difficult to believe that he was so ill for so many years. Stricken by both addiction and cancer, Helder used the lessons he learned in fighting the first, to keep the second at bay for an extraordinary number of active, happy and inspirational years.  In this direct chronicle of her husband's life, Carol Pereira pulls back the curtain, revealing the effort required to choose happiness and the difficult choice to take the aid-in-dying medication, made available by California's End of Life Option bill.

This is a story of inspiration and determination. This is a story of family. This is Helder's story.