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Terminally Ill Woman Holds Two-Day Party Then Takes Her Own Life

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Terminally Ill Woman Holds Two-Day Party Then Takes Her Own Life

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A terminally ill woman from California has made headlines worldwide after she held a two-day party with her close friends and family before taking her own life.

Betsy Davis spent the last three years losing control of her body due to ALS, a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells.

The 41-year-old emailed her close friends and family and explained: "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina... and openness."

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She also asked them to refrain from crying in front of her.

Betsy is one of the Californians to take a lethal dose of drugs under the state's new doctor-assisted suicide law.

More than 30 people attended the party which was held in the Southern California mountain town of Ojai.

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"For me and everyone who was invited, it was very challenging to consider, but there was no question that we would be there for her," said Niels Alpert, a cinematographer from New York City.

According to reports, Betsy kissed her friends goodbye before she left and then took a combination of morphine, pentobarbital and chloral.

Whatever your views are on assisted suicide, this is an incredibly touching story.

Rest in peace, Betsy.

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Words by Sian Broderick

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