I was 25 years old when my mum told me about that she had joined a Swedish origination to have the right to say when enough is enough, but still it is not possible here in Sweden. But passive euthanasia was deemed legal after a landmark court ruling in 2010. This means a health care professional can legally cease life support upon request from a patient if they understand the consequences stated by their health care provider.
I never had any problems with her wishes and decisions, if she got help or did on her own … so long as she thought about those that will find her.
She was very clear on that she didn’t want to be kept alive with machines.
She explained her wish and what it meant if it ever came to. Now my mum just gave up on her life on a Thursday and 4 days later she was dead. So she never needed the sleeping pills she had saved in an empty specie jar, that I found when I cleared out her home.
Why I want to bring it up now .. is that my disease is slowing creeps up my legs … and nobody can tell me where it will stop. I’m diagnosed with Polyneuropathy and I’m getting 70 in 10 days time.
Where will I be in 10-15 years time, it worries me and I have to start doing arrangements. Don’t worry nothing that is going happened in a near future. But the day may come when I have to book that the finale flight. I promise there will be a lot more flights booked before then. *laughing
If I had been a beloved pet, I probably already been sent to that better place that we all want to end up at.
I’m a strong believer that we should have the same right to die as we have to live. It’s my life and it’s my death.
So the other day I asked 2 of my closest girlfriends if they will join me for that last journey and both said yes without hesitation. I promise them that we will have fantastic couple of days in Zurich and many Mojios .. before that last shot.
I have looked into where I could get help if I want to go down that road. Swizz and Germany seams to be the only country that help none residence. Canada, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg I have to be resident.
So Swizz it’s!!!
A couple of years ago saw a fantastic BBC film: A Short Stay in Switzerland (2009) with Julie Walters, Stephen Campbell Moore and Lyndsey Marshal. A wonderful film about a woman travelling to Zurich with her children to end her life. She is diagnosed with a fatal neurological condition. The film is based on a true story.
The only thing I missed from the film was about what happens after her death … the cremation or what ever way she wanted to go back to UK. If she went back??!!!.
I had a fantastic life … even if I never got married or had any children … my life has been filled with joy, mojiotos and vodka & tonic, pain, mad passion and gentle love, great wines, shoes, love, togetherness, laughter, good and bad hotels, excellent food, tears, despair, travel, hard work, bad jokes, destinations, pills and fantastic friendships with people all over the world. I made fantastic friends at here in Sweden and where ever I lived and visit all over the world.
I haven’t had any terrible experience more than more and more of my friends are fighting cancer today … and I have lost far too many already. I made it through my own cancer journey without any mayor problems .. and now I have to live with the side affect and I do my best.
Polyneuropathy isn’t one of them, even if the chemo treatment made it slightly worst.
I’m a believer … but I believe in people that make a difference to others and give help to vulnerable all over the world TODAY and NOW!!! I don’t believe in a religion … or some higher powers. Maybe I will be proven wrong one day. I respect all religions and I can live with them side by side, but don’t enforce any them on me. We are all happy in our believes and so it should be.
DIGNITAS is the most well-known. The Swizz organisation has been going since 1988 that now is also founded in Germany (2005) that help people to die with respect and dignity when they make that choice. Today, these two associations count over 7100 members in 69 different countries. Both associations are members of the World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies WFRtDS and Right to Die Europe RtDE.
As they say on their website: “We are the spearhead for the worldwide implementation of ‘the last human right’
In order to access the service of an accompanied suicide, someone has to:
- be a member of DIGNITAS, and
- be of sound judgement, and
- possess a minimum level of physical mobility (sufficient to self-administer the drug).
Because the co-operation of a Swiss medical doctor (physician) is absolutely vital in obtaining the required drug, further prerequisites mean that the person must have:
- a disease which will lead to death (terminal illness), and/or
- an unendurable incapacitating disability, and/or
- unbearable and uncontrollable pain.
I don’t even know if I recognized for getting any help.
EXIT is another Swizz organisation that was founded in 1982.
Exit has 110,391 members in German-speaking Switzerland and in Ticino, and 26,205 members in French-speaking Switzerland. 734 people ended their lives using Exit’s services in 2017, compared to 723 the year before.
I don’t want to upset my friends and dear ones …. I don’t want to upset you with different opinions or believes. I just want to talk about where I stand.
“To live with dignity – to die with dignity”