Condamnée par une maladie neurodégénérative, elle a réuni les 30 personnes qu’elle aimait le plus avant de mettre fin à ses jour à la fin de la journée…

 

Betsy Davis est une artiste talentueuse. Malheureusement en 2013, à ‘âge de 41 ans, on lui a diagnostiqué une SLA (sclérose latérale amyotrophique) appelée maladie de maladie de Lou Gehrig  aux USA (du nom d’un joueur de baseball renommé, mort de cette maladie en 1941) et maladie de Charcot en France (à ne pas confondre avec la maladie de Charcot-Marie-Tooth qui évolue de façon moins grave).

 

À cause de cette maladie, peu à peu, Betsy a perdu le contrôle de son corps et aucun traitement ne pouvait y remédier. Elle était condamnée et le savait. Aussi, en Juillet 2016, Besty est devenue la première Californienne à bénéficier du suicide assisté !

This July 24, 2016 photo provided by Niels Alpert, Betsy Davis, smiles during a going away party with her family and friends in Ojai, Calif. In early July, Davis emailed her closest friends and family to invite them to a two-day celebration, telling them: "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness, and openness. And one rule: No crying." Davis, diagnosed with ALS, held the party to say goodbye before becoming one of the first California residents to take life-ending drugs under a new law that gave such an option to the terminally ill. (Niels Alpert via AP)

Ce jour-là, Betsy a réuni 30 personnes (famille et amis) afin de passer une merveilleuse journée à leurs côtés avant de leur dire adieu… Elle avait tout programmé… elle a passé du temps avec chaque invité et est restée souriante du début à la fin. Chaque invité pouvait repartir avec un objet à elle en souvenir. Les invités étaient prévenus… cette journée serait chargée en émotion… Betsy voulait dire aurevoir aux gens qu’elle aimait le plus, manger des pizza de son restaurant préféré et partir heureuse et détendue…

This July 24, 2016 photo provided by Niels Alpert, Betsy Davis, third from left, has a laugh with her friends during a going away party in Ojai, Calif. In early July, Davis emailed her closest friends and family to invite them to a two-day celebration, telling them: "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness, and openness. And one rule: No crying." The 41-year-old woman diagnosed with ALS held the party to say goodbye before becoming one of the first California residents to take life-ending drugs under a new law that gave such an option to the terminally ill. (Niels Alpert via AP)

This July 23, 2016 photo provided by Niels Alpert, Kestrin Pantera plays her chello at a going away party for her friend Betsy Davis in Ojai, Calif. In early July, Davis emailed her closest friends and family to invite them to a two-day celebration, telling them: "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness, and openness. And one rule: No crying." The 41-year-old woman diagnosed with ALS, held the party to say goodbye before becoming one of the first California residents to take life-ending drugs under a new law that gave such an option to the terminally ill. (Niels Alpert via AP)

À la fin de la journée, Betsy a revêtu un kimono qu’elle avait acheté en 2013 juste après avoir été diagnostiquée. Elle a été conduite en haut d’une colline et déposée sur un lit à baldaquin puis elle a pris la dose létale préparée par son médecin… Elle a regardé son dernier coucher de soleil avant de s’éteindre… Sa mort, Betsy l’avait préparée comme elle préparait ses performances artistiques ! Sa mort fut d’ailleurs selon ses amis et sa famille sa plus grande performance !

This July 24, 2016 photo provided by Niels Alpert, Betsy Davis, center, is accompanied by friends and family for her first ride in a friends new Tesla to a hillside to end her life during a "Right To Die Party" in Ojai, Calif. In early July, Davis emailed her closest friends and family to invite them to a two-day celebration, telling them: "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness, and openness. And one rule: No crying. " The 41-year-old woman diagnosed with ALS, held the party to say goodbye before becoming one of the first California residents to take life-ending drugs under a new law that gave such an option to the terminally ill. (Niels Alpert via AP)

Quel courage…

 

This July 24, 2016 photo provided by Niels Alpert, Amanda Friedland, left, surrounded by friends and family adjusts her friend Betsy Davis's sash as she lays on a bed during her "Right To Die Party" in Ojai, Calif. In early July, Davis emailed her closest friends and family to invite them to a two-day celebration, telling them: "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness, and openness. And one rule: No crying." The 41-year-old woman diagnosed with ALS, held the party to say goodbye before becoming one of the first California residents to take life-ending drugs under a new law that gave such an option to the terminally ill. (Niels Alpert via AP)

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Publié par Elsa le 15 Août 2016
 
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