“When I sit in my racing chair, everything disappears. I expel all the dark thoughts, I fight fear, sadness, suffering, frustration. That’s how I won the gold medals.”
Marieke Vervoort has suffered from a debilitating illness for 20 years. Leaving her in chronic pain. It also causes her to faint regularly, and can hardly sleep at night. She relies on her labrador Zen to alert others.
“I have a bucket list, including stunt flying, and I have started thinking about euthanasia.”
‘My body is just exhausted from all that… I let the nurse this morning give me a shot of morphine and this morning went purely on character to the training. I literally knocked all my fears and frustrations out of me.’
Euthanasia was legalised in Belgium in 2002, and can take place with the written consent of three doctors.
She had already made plans for her own funeral.
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