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17 September, 2019

Tanya Battel

As at June 2019, I am living with Stage IV incurable metastatic breast cancer. I am ...

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16 September, 2019

Marjorie and her mother

I held my mother's hand until her last breath. She had metastatic melanoma and had f...

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16 September, 2019

Deborah 's mother

I lost both of my parents to terminal cancer.  My Dad died in 1993 nursed at home by...

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16 September, 2019

Harl Hogan, Gabrielle's hus...

My husband and I had been Members of Dying With Dignity (NSW) for thirty years. We h...

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16 September, 2019

Margaret's mother

My mother passed away in 2002 at age of 82.

She was an asthmatic from 6 month...

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16 September, 2019

L.P.'s mother, Joyce

My mother Joyce was born 18th January 1927 and passed 16 February 2016.

Mum w...

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13 September, 2019

Zelda, Kate's mother

"You wouldn’t let your dog suffer the way I am suffering." Those were the words my m...

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13 September, 2019

Anne Holland-Atkins

My mother, Anne Holland, had Parkinson's disease. She knew that this wo...

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13 September, 2019

Chris Kable's mother

In January 2016 my mother was diagnosed with stage 5 peritoneal cancer - a type of c...

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13 September, 2019

My mum, Betty Swanton

I am exasperated, devastated, and relieved. I’ve experienced these emotions during t...

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06 September, 2019

Rae Young's son Matthew

I live in Victoria, where Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) legislation was implemented...

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04 August, 2019

Jacqui and Nicole's mum Kerry

On 9 July 2019, Kerry Robertson, 61, became the first Victorian to be granted a perm...

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30 June, 2019

Nia's story

Uncertainty doesn't agree with me. I like to plan ahead, but there are only some thi...

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30 September, 2018

Tim Cooper

I’ve been suffocating for two years. I was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmon...

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01 January, 2018

Greg Sims, Nia's father

Friends, my story will take about four minutes to read.  I’m asking you to be brave ...

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01 January, 2018

Robert Rankin's story

I was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) on 19 November 2015. I don't want t...

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09 October, 2017

Felicity Callanan's story

Felicity has more than fifteen years of professional social work experience in inter...

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07 October, 2017

My story, by Peter Williams

You’ll find Peter B. Williams, 64, at the S...

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25 September, 2017

My story, by Ray Godbold

I am a 59 year old R.N. Division 1 nurse with 34 years' experience and throughout my...

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25 September, 2017

Elizabeth Short's family

My name is Elizabeth Short. Over the last 11 years I have lost three close family me...

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24 September, 2017

Brandi's father, Neville Ga...

My dad was a saw-miller all his life, and at the end it was hard to stop him from wo...

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24 September, 2017

Heather Goldstein's father

My father was diagnosed with cancer of the lower oesophagus and stomach after collap...

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24 September, 2017

Samantha Lancey's family

I’m sitting here in tears because I don’t even know where to start, I cannot underst...

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24 September, 2017

My husband, Bill

I guess the best place to start is where ‘our’ journey all began. It...

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24 September, 2017

My life partner, Mark

My life partner, Mark Brennan, was born in 1948, and ended his own life on 9 Februar...

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24 September, 2017

Shayne's mum, Jan

My mother, Jan Scott Ryder, was a beautiful woman who adored her family and loved he...

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24 September, 2017

Kass Hall

I am Kass Hall and I have been been living on borrowed time for 27 years.

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21 September, 2017

Sandra's partner, Albert Le...

Sandra Morris never felt ready to say goodbye to her partner of over 40 years, but t...

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18 September, 2017

Colin Wragg, Susan's husband

My name is Susan and I was Colin’s full time carer for over 9 years. We were married...

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17 September, 2017

My story, by Lynne Wannan

I want to be able to choose.

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17 September, 2017

My story, by Carolyn

Carolyn Forster, 48, is the queen of trivia...

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17 September, 2017

Ken Woodger, husband of Phy...

Phyllis Woodger remembers the taxi pulling up outside her Frankston home.

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17 September, 2017

Andrew Carswell, Carolyne's...

Andrew Carswell was an award-winning musician with innovative bands such as Not Drow...

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17 September, 2017

Beverley Randall, Eleanor's...

Beverley Randall didn't tell her family when she was diagnosed with lung cancer beca...

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17 September, 2017

Sarah's father, Alastair

My beautiful Dad, Alastair, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer when he was 62 ...

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17 September, 2017

Ian Smith, my dad

On 2 September 2015, after writing a letter each to my brother and me, compiling a l...

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17 September, 2017

Eileen Keogh, Kelly's mother

Kelly Arnett Somerville's mother Eileen Keogh had talked about voluntary assisted dy...

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17 September, 2017

Catherine and her partner

Ten years ago, my partner died by his own hand in the best possible circumstances. H...

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17 September, 2017

Lee Naish's story

I am a man, fifty-seven years old. My life is filled with love and happiness due to ...

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17 September, 2017

Michelle Flynn's father, Mi...

Michelle has seen a number of family member...

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11 September, 2017

I.S. and her mother-in-law

My mother-in-law suffered from multiple myeloma, a very painful bone cancer. For the...

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10 September, 2017

Guiseppe Coco, Carolee's fa...

Giuseppe Coco wasn’t a complicated man, nor a judgmental one, and he followed his in...

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10 September, 2017

Jane Morris's mother

“I promise you, you will not suffer at the end.” These words will resonate in my ear...

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10 September, 2017

Bill Bailey

It says much about Bill Bailey that he joined the British army at seventeen at the s...

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10 September, 2017

Geoffrey Derrick, Coralie's...

Father loved to do practical things and tha...

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10 September, 2017

Michelle, my sister

My sister Michelle was originally diagnosed with cervical cancer 12 years before she...

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10 September, 2017

My mother, Betty Ogle

"Can I have an injection now?"  My mother asked her very dedicated G.P. at her bedsi...

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04 September, 2017

Ann Woodger's father

My father asked me whether he could end his life. My father was 59...

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03 September, 2017

Alex Ingwersen, my dad

As a young bloke, my Dad was a talented sports-person. He played football with the M...

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03 September, 2017

John Parker, Pam's father

"This story is a celebration of life and love and a testament on how to live while d...

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03 September, 2017

Cherry Tree Grove

Like many older Australians, a group of residents of Cherry Tree Grove re...

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03 September, 2017

Justine Martin's story

It was six years ago when Justine Martin was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a de...

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10 July, 2017

Lawrie Daniel

When life hurts more than death, when suffering overtake...

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05 February, 2017

Ken Dickson, husband and fa...

Our beautiful Dad took his own life on Friday 9 October 2015 at the home he shared w...

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05 February, 2017

Elizabeth's dearest friend

After much thought I am forwarding to you one of the last messages my dearest friend...

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01 January, 2017

My sister, Trish

My sister Patricia Ellard died in August 20...

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25 September, 2016

My brave father, Russell

This is the story of my brave, sensitive and loving father. Russell Alfred Walker wa...

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25 September, 2016

Trapped in a body that let...

While on my first placement as a student nurse in a nursing home I cared for a patie...

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18 September, 2016

Ann-Louise's mum

I lost my mum three years ago at the age of 87. She was doing so well for her age bu...

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18 September, 2016

Di's father

We always knew it would happen. Our father said many times that they treat animals h...

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18 September, 2016

Leith Richards

I am a 60-year-old woman who has been diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer, Stag...

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18 September, 2016

My husband, Wayne

It turns out goodbyes are important.

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18 September, 2016

Deb's final days

’ll give you an example of one night that was probably in the last 10 days of Deb’s ...

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18 September, 2016

My mother, Edna Fitzgerald

Ever since having seen my late mother, Edna Fitzgerald, suffer so much when all she ...

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18 September, 2016

Juliana's father

My father’s death was kind and loving.

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18 September, 2016

My dad

My father originally appointed four persons who could make a euthanasia decision for...

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18 September, 2016

Meg's dad

My dad died this year from a brain tumour.

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18 September, 2016

Michele's father

My father died of lung cancer in the mid-1980s.

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18 September, 2016

John Grayson: my story

In 2014 I had a cold. It was very painful and on 10 November 2014 I experienced the ...

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18 September, 2016

John's mother

Eleven years ago, my mother had a stroke and took seven months to die.

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18 September, 2016

Kit, Judith's mother

My mother, Catherine (Kit) Sanotti, was a fit, healthy, vibrant 73-year-old woman.

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18 September, 2016

Gloria, my mum

My mum, Gloria Mable Ohma, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in her late 30...

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18 September, 2016

Adrienne's husband

As a nurse and midwife, I’ve witnessed life’s first and last breaths many times.

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18 September, 2016

Dr Westwood's mother

I’m a retired physician. I had been working for over 50 years in my profession, firs...

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18 September, 2016

Elvie's story

I am an ex-nurse and, in my later years, studied a diploma of social sciences. In bo...

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18 September, 2016

C.W.'s mother

In December 2015 my mother was in Resthaven in South Australia. She had a second str...

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12 September, 2016

Jo, Rosemary's friend

Meet Jo in her early seventies, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer earlier ...

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12 September, 2016

For many, it's a living death

I was diagnosed with a rare form of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 25 years ago. It ended m...

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11 September, 2016

My friend, Diane

Diane was one of the most courageous persons I have ever known. She was a fighter wh...

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11 September, 2016

Dr Geoff Trezise

I am now retired but one case of the unfortunate result of the lack of an option for...

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11 September, 2016

My mum, Betty

My mum, Betty, had a wonderfully full life.

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11 September, 2016

Sue's brother

My brother Paul had been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer that had spread t...

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11 September, 2016

Mum

Dear Mum, I’m so sorry I didn’t kill you.

I came close, believe me. The pillo...

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11 September, 2016

Lady Winifred Stephen

In January 2016 Lady Stephen wrote Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull an open letter di...

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11 September, 2016

RIP Dad. Love you always

When Channel 7's Sunrise Facebook page asked viewers if medically assisted dying sho...

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11 September, 2016

Cleona, my first

She was the first person who ever asked for my medical opinion, so I suppose that ma...

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11 September, 2016

My mum, Dulcie

At the age of 73, my mother, Dulcie May Turton, was told she had a neuroendocrine tu...

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11 September, 2016

Cory Taylor, my story

I have melanoma. I’ve kept it at bay for 10 years but it is now untreatable.

...

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11 September, 2016

Prof. Ian Maddocks

Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks is an eminent palliative care specialist and Senior ...

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11 September, 2016

Alexander and Margaret Maxwell

Margaret Maxwell was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994. She researched the diseas...

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11 September, 2016

Flora's patients

On too many occasions as a Division One Registered Nurse off duty, and on duty, I ha...

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11 September, 2016

My beloved grandfather

My grandfather was a proud and passionate man who really lived up to his role as the...

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11 September, 2016

John's partner

Let me begin my partner’s story by stressing that the nursing staff were dedicated a...

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11 September, 2016

Miriam's mother, Dorothy

My story is on behalf of and in memory of my mother, Dorothy Joan Meikle, a staunch ...

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11 September, 2016

My mother's best friend

Three years, eight months and 28 days ago, I was left a letter from my mother’s best...

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11 September, 2016

Loredana's story

I have advanced, progressive multiple sclerosis. I am totally disabled and can’t mov...

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11 September, 2016

John, Jessie's love

John had suffered for five years with terminal bowel cancer.

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11 September, 2016

Coral's patients

eople’s bodies at end of life do amazing things. Bones break. Organs fail.

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11 September, 2016

Dr Geoff's patient

I had a fully paralysed patient on life support with end stage neuromuscular disease...

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11 September, 2016

Ann's bestie, Rhoda

Her suffering defied belief. My bestie, Rhoda, was the outgoing one of our group.

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11 September, 2016

Cathy's father

In 2005 nurse Cathy Pryor was convicted of the attempted murder of her mother and as...

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11 September, 2016

My father

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11 September, 2016

My name is Eileen Emma Dawe

The following are extracts from the diary of 90-year-old Eileen Dawe. She was diagno...

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11 September, 2016

Doctor X's experiences

I have been a practicing GP for close to 30 years after several years working in the...

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11 September, 2016

Coroner John Olle

Coronor John Olle's evidence to the Victorian Inquiry into...

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04 September, 2016

My friend, Graham

On 27 December my friend Graham had no idea he’d spend the next 10 weeks on a rough ...

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04 September, 2016

My sister's story

My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 25. By 39 she had died of secondar...

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04 September, 2016

Lachlan Smith: my story

I have just turned 41. A pretty big life event for many, but in my case especially.

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04 September, 2016

Rachel's mum

I lost my mum last month. She had pancreatic cancer.

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04 September, 2016

Bettina's mother

My strong, wonderful mother had a living will and was determined to avoid the fate o...

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04 September, 2016

Bill's beliefs

I am a 90-year-old EDA veteran affairs pensioner. I have recently arrived home from ...

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04 September, 2016

My father, David

Isn’t it strange, the various pathways that lead us to the world of voluntary euthan...

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