In The Wake Of Robin Williams’ Death, Consider These Words Of Wisdom About Suicide

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As the world mourns the loss of Robin Williams, I have been struggling to write something relevant, something profound.   And then I found this quote:
“Killing oneself is, anyway, a misnomer. We don’t kill ourselves. We are simply defeated by the long, hard struggle to stay alive. When somebody dies after a long illness, people are apt to say, with a note of approval, “He fought so hard.” And they are inclined to think, about a suicide, that no fight was involved, that somebody simply gave up. This is quite wrong.”
Sally Brampton, Shoot The Damn Dog: A Memoir Of Depression

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About Robyn Michele Levy

I am an artist, writer, radio broadcaster, performer, mother, breast cancer survivor. I also have Parkinson's disease. My memoir, Most of Me, is available at local and on-line bookstores.
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6 Responses to In The Wake Of Robin Williams’ Death, Consider These Words Of Wisdom About Suicide

  1. Graeme Bregani says:

    Thank you. I had odd thoughts about Hoffman, but not about Williams. He seemed to live close to the edge. Watching ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ tonight, I was brought to tears during one of his fast-paced monologues.
    I thought I saw the man behind the screen.
    He didn’t give up. He was just defeated.
    Thank you, Robyn.

  2. What a wonderful, succinct way of explaining it. Thank you so much for sharing this thought, Robyn.

  3. Therese says:

    Well said-who knows if depression comes with Parkinson’s, or is a precursor (hmmm…pre-curse-er?) In any case, some days it’s all a battle, and just keeping going can be a triumph. So sad to hear one who brought so much healing laughter to so many, ultimately was unable to carry on the fight.

    • I just read the latest news, his wife says Robin Williams had recently been diagnosed with first stage Parkinson’s disease. He was experiencing anxiety & depression (2 symptoms of the disease that about 50% of PD patients suffer from). 😦

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