Helena wrote to me after my mother Elayn died, by her own hand, one bleak evening. My mum euthanised herself, by herself, in front of the telly – mindful that if she involved any of her children we’d be subjected to a police investigation and possibly charged, a crime that carries huge fines and/or a jail term. Helena is still alive.She’s travelling to Switzerland very soon. Her adult children and best friend will be with her in a Dignitas room brimming with love – in her final moments, all will be holding hands. I took a deep breath and allowed ABC TV’s Australian Story into my untidy world. Am not sure this was wise; can’t call it. But if you watch it, I hope you salute the courage of Helena – brave, vivacious Helena – as much as I do.