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February 8, 1985

Just Alive, or Living

Author Affiliations

Lawrenceville, Ill

JAMA. 1985;253(6):789. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350300077023

There are those, particularly in the medical profession, who would state that the two conditions are the same, but they are not. We who live in nursing homes (as I do at age 81) see all too vividly the difference between the two states of existence.

I hasten to say that I am not a morbid person. I do not entertain an unhealthy death wish, nor do I advocate euthanasia. I still love living, even with all of its present restrictions, its many disappointments, and, too often, its painful times. The beauties of Nature, even seen through blurred vision, still delight me. I still thrill to a beautiful sunset and look on it as a wonderful harbinger of something good ahead and not just as an ending of another day.

I treasure the good and interesting things in life and would like to feel I can enjoy them to the