One of my dearest friends died on this date in 2016. Earlier in the year she had a stroke that caused her to lose the ability to speak more than a few words. Thankfully she was able to get the best care, hire speech therapists, regain some of her vocabulary, although the last time I was with her for lunch, she was still struggling to think of the right word for something but so do I on occasion so I thought she was on the road to a recovery.
Then she had a fall in her home that no one witnessed and never recovered. But here’s the twist, Sally (not her real name as she coveted her privacy), had for years been a member at Alcor, a cryogenics facility in Scottsdale AZ.
Sally and I were total opposites in every way yet we were great friends. Sally was a confirmed atheist, didn’t believe in any form of organized religion. She was a card carrying feminist. A hardcore liberal too, but we could comfortably share our views without any animosity. It was a true friendship.
Sally was also a science junkie and it was from this love where she formed the desire to be cryopreserved (frozen) after her death.
Sally was a brilliant graphics artist, a computer geek way before her time, and made a small fortune in Apple stock that afforded her the luxury of paying into Alcor. It was about $200k to be fully funded, meaning that amount was not only paid for your one way transportation to Scottsdale, but kept you in a cryogenics tube indefinitely.
I’ve chosen not to put a photo here of the tubes as I still can’t wrap my head around that Sally is in one of them. Her choice, she gets to do what she wanted, but I gotta say I find it unsettling to think of a lost loved one frozen in perpetuity.
Every Alcor member gets a case number and report, Sally’s is attached here. It’s a wee bit medically graphic, but fascinating. You can read about every Alcor member if you want to, click the Library tab at the home page and scroll down to Cryopreservation Case reports. Many members in residence have published their names. An equal number choose to be anonymous. Sally preferred to remain anonymous.
I miss Sally terribly but I have to think she’s happy that she got to stick it to religion one last time and go full science in her afterlife. But still…….