The view from Debbie Purdy

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I found the interview with Debby Purdy in today’s Financial Times very moving. Sometimes we can get so caught up in an almost academic debate or flag-waving. The striking thing about Purdy perhaps is not her desire for voluntary euthanasia, but her love of life, the love between her and her husband, and how she makes her crippling disease sound like no big deal. Hearing her talk is like a reality check. A person who has become so central to the movement but clearly not obsessed by it.

There is also a sense of acceptance in her words perhaps. She hopes the law will change in her lifetime but knows it may well not happen. Sometimes facing death, as she has done repeatedly, maybe makes us more tolerant of the problems in life but still well-balanced enough to fight them.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/60bac5fe-8369-11e1-9f9a-00144feab49a.html

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