When Sandy Bem found out she had Alzheimer’s, she decided that before the disease stole her mind, she would kill herself.
I recently reread - The Last Day of Her Life in the New York Times Magazine online.
This is a fascinating article that I wanted to bring to your attention; and if possible, get your reaction.
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On her last day, five years after she first went to see Mapstone, Sandy set about creating a tidy paper trail to make sure no one else would be held responsible for her death.
She found the printout of an email, with the subject line “ENDING,” that she sent to Daryl nine months earlier, stating why she wanted to die and saying that no one — not her physician, not her attorney, not anyone — had offered help or advice.
In the email, she had written that she would add the date of her death, “and perhaps other thoughts,” when the time came, another way to make it plain that her death was her decision alone.
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