Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lynn Gilderdale's moving account of why she decided to end her life


Lynn Gilderdale's moving account of why she decided to end her life (The
Times, 26 January 2010)


Very moving indeed
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Dr John H Greensmith
ME Free For All. org
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In the early days of CFS, before they knew about the cancer and cardiac connections, the doctors were telling us "CFS won't kill you, but it may make you kill yourself".
No one who hasn't walked a few miles in our moccasins can understand that the constant pain, the verbal abuse, the lack of treatment (including doctors who frustratingly refuse to prescribe anything to alleviate the symptoms that could be helped with available treatments) are all reasons patients consider suicide.
A friend regularly points out that in jail, you're confined to an 8x10 space, can't walk more than a few feet in any direction.  I pulled him up short with a reminder that many CFS patients are confined to a much smaller space, the size of a bed, and can't walk more than a few feet, period.  If he'd go stir-crazy in jail, where at least he could read books, what would he do with such severe CFS that he couldn't concentrate well enough to read?
It's death penalty (or at least Life Without Parole) for innocent people.  But where are the civil rights activists and Amnesty International and UN Committee on Human Rights fighting for OUR right to life?  Much less "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" -- because it's very hard to pursue happiness when you're stuck in bed too exhausted to even reach for the TV clicker.

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