"I've had insomnia for 14 years," one person writes. "What is the value in a life with chronic unrelenting insomnia night after night?" Someone replies, "I am at 13 years, contemplating suicide."
A lawyer comments, "If I get off meds, I can't do my job," and a teacher says, "I'm literally fighting to stay awake as soon as the day begins. I feel like death. I am only 25, and I look like I am 35-40."
An unemployed woman writes, "My $200 per hour doctor is no help. He won't prescribe sleeping pills because he is worried I will deliberately overdose. But life is not worth living. All I do is cry."
Is this how Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger and Elvis Presley felt? If so, one can understand their desire to try hardcore medications, even at the risk of addiction, injury or death. Plus, life in show biz is demanding: a person must be at his best regularly and at exact times, a Herculean feat for someone with chronic insomnia.
Michael Jackson's doctors have been described as greedy, selfish enablers with "blood on their hands," but isn't it just as likely they are caring individuals who are willing to risk personal liability to help the suffering? Dr. William Hurwitz has been described as such a person. He was a Virginia pain management physician, but now sits in jail for prescribing drugs that some of his patients abused. His property was seized by authorities, and after his practice closed, two patients reportedly killed themselves because of untreated pain.