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By Judie Brown at Renew America


Personal mortality dawns on most of us early in life. Though that’s not a bad thing, we must realize that there are many complications that we probably don’t think about. In our culture, growing older or simply confronting a major health challenge that could cut one’s life short can result in acceptance or death.

Take, for example, my friend Mark Davis Pickup, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 30 and later confined to an electric wheelchair. In a new video, he tells viewers that two to three years after this diagnosis his grief was so deep and his heartache so intense that his thinking became clouded. But fortunately – for all of us – he was surrounded by his loving wife LaRee, his children, and the Lord.

Today, at the age of 65, Mark’s MS has inexplicably gone into remission, and he is now able to walk with a cane. He writes:

    • “Unexpectedly, the course of my devastating disease seems to have changed course from continual degeneration. This is an example of why people in dire circumstances must not give up on life and opt for suicide or euthanasia! We just don’t know what tomorrow may bring.”

Mark is an example of a life spent in the ocean of loving kindness that should be available to everyone, but sadly it is not.

We see the opposite of that kindness in a recent news story about Doctor William Husel, who single-handedly used “mercy treatment” to end the lives of 25 of his patients by overdosing them with drugs. Registered nurse Nancy Valko wrote about this case and made a vitally important point, saying: “We need to fight against physician-assisted suicide laws and the seductive lie promoted by Compassion and Choices that killing can be ‘humane’ in some circumstances. Terminal illness, disability, fear of being a burden, etc. are never reasons to end someone’s life, even when the person himself or herself asks for the lethal overdose.”

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