Politicians assume everyone has a family, but this is not true. I had two miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy and was advised to stop trying to have children. My only brother died as a soldier in World War Two. Now as a widow of 85 my closest friends are either dead or in a care home. Those still alive have multiple health problems as I have, and my young friends live modern, busy lives and have family responsibilities of their own.
In my experience effective palliative care is not universally available and it seems to concentrate on pain relief. As I grow older and my sight, hearing and mobility degenerate I find it difficult to find a purpose in living. If one day I am told I have a terminal illness I anticipate it will be even more difficult.
I have already made a Living Will and am about to update it with an Advance Decision, but should I wish to go to Switzerland I would have to pay someone to take me there and that would be unlawful. To me it would be unfair.
I am frequently told that those who oppose Dignity in Dying want to protect vulnerable elderly people from family pressures, but is it fair that in doing so they ignore people like me? Others say I am an isolated case but volunteers and district nurses who visit the elderly tell me this is not so.
We need a law in the UK which allows people like me to have the choice of an assisted death if I become terminally ill and am suffering against my wishes.
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