very young age. Meanwhile, others, who appear to be the personification of evil,live on, well into old age.A friend of mine from high school and I started emailing one another recently. He and I hadn¶t communicated with one other, since we graduated in1967. We were discussing our high school classmates, who have passed on. To our amazement, there were so many. A number of them have been gone now, for a verylong time.When we were children, my sister, our friends and I used to lament about people from our church who had died, and who were in their sixties: ³At least theygot to live a long life.´ That¶s what we thought back then, when the life expectancywas much lower than it is today. These days, many of us Baby Boomers aredealing with our own aging, plus coping with elderly parents.
Recently, I told my sons that I would want them to try to find another Dr.Kevorkian, if I ever got to the point where I had no quality of life. It¶s like myfriend explained. She was a few years younger than I, and just recently passedaway. After ten long years, she finally lost her brave battle with cancer. The cancer had traveled up her spinal cord, leaving her paralyzed. From her bed at the localHospice House, she told me that the doctor offered to give her treatments, whichmight prolong her life for two months. She opted to not take them, saying, ³Thisisn¶t living.´