I had a lot of mixed feelings when I read about Thomas Young. At first he had the drive to keep pushing himself to live and enjoy life. Then a series of further dehabilitating setbacks sent him into a downward spiral in his physical and emotional condition and destroyed his quality of life (in his opinion.)

I support voluntary euthanasia. I watched someone dear to me die over a long painful year while a brain tumor destroyed her frontal lobes first but didn't kill her until it reached her cerebellum. She felt it was degrading and humiliating, we found it horrifying as her personality disappeared and she finally slipped into a vegetative state for the last months.

Thomas has, in my belief, the right to end his life on his own terms. I might not were I in his shoes, but I can't say he is wrong. I respect the discipline and dedication he has shown all his life and the way he is using even his death to make a public statement of his beliefs in the hope that the attention will help others.

I've been on the brink a time or too. I know how hard it was to stay when my own condition deteriorated significantly after I thought I had had at least a semi-succesful rehabilitation.

But, from what I've read, Thomas came to this decision over time and with the advice of his family. This is not a whim, and he made sure that everyone he loved and cared about understood. His will not be an end that leaves his family bewildered and questioning. This is not a whim in any way.

I may not agree with him, but I respect him.