Living and dying in tandem…

She felt terror at the prospect of becoming a hollowed-­out person with no memory, mind or sense of identity, as well as fury that she was powerless to do anything but endure it. With Alzheimer’s disease, she would write, it is “extraordinarily difficult for one’s body to die in tandem with the death of one’s self.” That day at [the neuropsychologist’s] office, she vowed that she would figure out a way to take her own life before the disease took it from her.