Written by Julie Vegas on Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Alzheimer’s sufferer Terry Pratchett says he’s not afraid of dying, but he is afraid of dying badly. He says, “I am scared of dying badly. But then I think that is something most people (are scared of).”

Despite the disease, Pratchett remains busy. He’s written a novel inspired by the Charles Dickens character Artful Dodger entitled Dodger, The Long Earth with sci-fi author Stephen Baxter and meanwhile has been campaigning for the United Kingdom to legalize assisted death.

The Discworld author has accused the UK Government of not taking dementia sufferers seriously enough, while families are bankrupting themselves to treat family members who suffer from dementia. Last year, he made a BBC documentary called “Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die.”


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  • Lt. M. Bonner

    I didn’t know that. I wonder what the connection between dementia and genius, like Practchett, is