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The Death Of Lynn Gilderdale/Jessie

Thankyou mind_travel for pulling these links together. I did not know _chaotictears_ personally, but we had several LJ friends in common. I think everyone in the CFS community here knows about this now.

It's the rest of the world I want to tell about it.

Lynn's illness was severe, the articles below go into the detail. Her mother has been arrested for her murder but it may have been assisted suicide. Or natural causes, I guess - no one seems to know yet.

If it was assisted suicide, it wasn't the first one, it won't be the last.

We really do get this sick. And the illness really can reach a point where assisted suicide seems okay. Yes. It really is this debilitating, this excruciating. There are people at death's door who are in less agony than some of us.

An article about Lynn from 2006

From earlier this week

A life has ended, a family is grieving and devastated, friends are hurting and those of us on the fringes of this tragedy - other ME/CFS sufferers and our loved ones - are wondering what this means for us.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 12th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)

God that's sad.
Dec. 12th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
Can you fix it?
Dec. 12th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
the second link doesn't seem to be valid.

This is all sorts of awful. I am blessed to live in Oregon, where we have one of the few assisted suicide laws in the world. We have had to vote for them more than once, and have had it challenged by the federal government for years, but I am happy that if I am ever in that position, i have the choice and right to end my life with the guidance and help of a doctor.
Dec. 12th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
i can't get the second link to work.

i swear, there are time i hate having cfs. this months is one of those times. it has been a struggle to get off the sofa and do anything. and it is driving me crazy. it always gets worse when i get sick with my annual winter bout of cold/flu/bronchitis/pneumonia etc. but this time, this time is different. really different. this time it is painfully obvious to all of us that i am getting worse, and that i might not bounce back. it is hard for me to deal with, because i never really want to fully admit that i have cfs, because to me admitting it means that i have to deal with it, and what i already am dealing with is bad enough. time to hop out of denial and start facing things head on, right?
Dec. 12th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
The broken link:
Dec. 13th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
Re: The broken link:
Thanks Celsa.
Dec. 13th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
I am constantly amazed at how much this has touched all of us in the ME/CFS/CFIDS community.
I still can't stop thinking about her mother, her family and friends but especially her poor mother.
Dec. 13th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
This was absolutely tragic news which still has me reeling.
Dec. 13th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
I don't know if this will help anyone but I have just finished:

Final Exit (Third Edition): The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying
by Derek Humphry

I read it because of my father, who did not need to resort to this in the end.
Dec. 13th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
I don't really know how to comment on this, it's just so awful. I'm too tired to be angry.
Dec. 22nd, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
I feel totally weird about this. I'll miss Lynne and I feel awful for her Mother and what she must be going through, but I'm not sad. Everybody else seems to be shocked and really sad and ...

I miss her, but only sorta ... in the way I miss people that move to another location I guess? I don't seem to feel the same as everybody else.

I wonder why.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Don't know what to say besides *hugs*... my prayers, such as they are, go out to the mother in this situation-- whether or not it was an assisted suicide, it's clear that she went above and beyond to give her daughter the best possible life given their circumstances.
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