I have started writing this blog and erasing the first sentence no fewer than 15 times. There is really nothing to say about suicide, or assisted suicide, that fits every situation.
I read the following story with great sadness: MS sufferer rode wheelchair for two hours to kill herself. It is the story of a woman, Carol Hutchins, who wanted to die. I'll let you read the story for yourself and have your own reactions.
I can't go into my feelings about assisted suicide, because I haven't really explored them deeply. It seems logical to me that everyone should be able to determine if they no longer want to live because of health problems. However, it is not a black and white issue. It is all filled with gray tones.
I wonder about this woman, Carol. What was she thinking about as she rode her wheelchair to the canal? Did she feel brave? Was she scared? Exhilarated? Angry? I keep thinking about her and her determination to die. That is why I posted this - I am wondering what others think of this and what feelings come up for you after reading this. I know that trying to talk about this story with any of my friends or loved ones will result in them focusing on the MS aspect and trying to distract me from that component of the story, so I am opening it up to all of you for discussion.
Please share your thoughts about this story in the comments section below.