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Tim Cooper

I’ve been suffocating for two years. I was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (lung disease that prevents proper breathing)...

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Dr Alida Lancee

As a female semi-rural GP involved in palliative care for the past 25 years, I have helped many patients and...

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Gerald Charles Briggs

When my daughter Scarlett was 11-months-old, she woke up one morning and her body had turned to jelly. She couldn’t...

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Cherry Tree Grove

Like many older Australians, a group of residents of Cherry Tree Grove retirement village, were keen to have their voice...

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Lawrie Daniel

When life hurts more than death, when suffering overtakes living, and without a Voluntary Assisted Dying Law, one Victorian a...

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John Parker, Pam's father

4th September 2017 Dear Member Of Parliament I write to you not as your local constituent but as a member...

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Bill Bailey

It says much about Bill Bailey that he joined the British army at seventeen at the start of World War...

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Samantha Lancey's family

I’m sitting here in tears because I don’t even know where to start, I cannot understand as human beings how...

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Beverley Randall, Eleanor's mother

Beverley Randall didn't tell her family when she was diagnosed with lung cancer because she didn't want to worry them....

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Ian Smith, my dad

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

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Alex Ingwersen, my dad

As a young bloke, my Dad was a talented sports-person. He played football with the Melbourne Football Club and was...

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Jane Morris's mother

“I promise you, you will not suffer at the end.” These words will resonate in my ears forever. After delivering...

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Mark Eskdale, life partner of Terri

My life partner, Mark Brennan, was born in 1948, and ended his life on 9 February 2014. After years of...

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Andrew Carswell, Carolyne's husband

Andrew Carswell was an award-winning musician with innovative bands such as Not Drowning, Waving and My Friend The Chocolate Cake....

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Ken Woodger, husband of Phyllis, father of Annie

Phyllis Woodger remembers the taxi pulling up outside her Frankston home. It was 2005 and her husband of more than...

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Guiseppe Coco, Carolee's father

Giuseppe Coco wasn’t a complicated man, nor a judgmental one, and he followed his instincts for happiness. He loved children...

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my story, by Carolyn

Carolyn Forster, 48, is the queen of trivia and crosswords, devoted to her cats and her friends and in love...

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Heather Goldstein's father

My father was diagnosed with cancer of the lower oesophagus and stomach after collapsing in the street due to anaemia. At...

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my story, by Lynne Wannan

I want to be able to choose. Until, early 2016, Lynne Wannan was the ‎Director, Office for the Community Sector,...

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Brandi's father, Neville Galpin

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

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Michelle Flynn's father, Michael, and stepfather, Raymond

Michelle has seen a number of family members, and a former partner, end their lives, alone and desperate, because of...

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Felicity Callanan's story

Felicity has more than fifteen years of professional social work experience in international development contexts and within statutory government and non-government...

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my story, by Peter Williams

You’ll find Peter B. Williams, 64, at the Shamrock Hotel in Echuca, Thursday nights, where he runs the trivia quiz....

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Lee Naish's story

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

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My mother, Betty Ogle

"Can I have an injection now?"  My mother asked her very dedicated G.P. at her bedside - "No" was the...

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Kass Hall

I am Kass Hall and I have been been living on borrowed time for 27 years. At 12 I was...

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Eileen Keogh, Kelly's mother

Kelly Arnett Somerville's mother Eileen Keogh had talked about voluntary assisted dying from the beginning. She knew she was going...

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Justine Martin's story

It was six years ago when Justine Martin was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a degenerative illness that left her with...

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Greg Sims, Nia's father

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

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Sandra's partner, Albert Leonzini

Sandra Morris never felt ready to say goodbye to her partner of over 40 years, but their last moments together...

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Ann Woodger's father

My father asked me whether he could end his life. My father was 59 years old when he first experienced...

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Geoffrey Derrick, Coralie's father

Father loved to do practical things and that included building houses.  At the time fibro was a popular choice for...

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my husband, Bill

I guess the best place to start is where ‘our’ journey all began. It was Winter 2013 and Bill hadn’t...

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Sarah's father, Alastair

My beautiful Dad, Alastair, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer when he was 62 years old. The tumour spanned across...

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my mum, Betty Swanton

I am exasperated, devastated, and relieved. I’ve experienced these emotions during the recent death of my mother. She said, in...

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Chris Kable's mother

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

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Anne Holland-Atkins

My mother, Anne Holland, had Parkinson's disease. She knew that this would eventually kill her but she wanted to get...

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Zelda, Kate's mother

“You wouldn’t let your dog suffer the way I am suffering” Those were the words my maternal grandfather said to...

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Elizabeth Short's family

My name is Elizabeth Short. Over the last 11 years I have lost three close family members to cancer, and...

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Colin Wragg, Susan's husband

My name is Susan and I was Colin’s full time carer for over 9 years. We were married for 5...

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I.S. and her mother-in-law

My mother-in-law suffered from multiple myeloma, a very painful bone cancer. For the last three years of her life she...

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L.P.'s mother, Joyce

My mother Joyce was born 18th January 1927 and passed 16 February 2016. Mum was a very quiet but strong...

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Margaret's mother

My mother passed away in 2002 at age of 82. She was an asthmatic from 6 months of age & never...

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Catherine and her partner

Ten years ago, my partner died by his own hand in the best possible circumstances. He had suffered prostate cancer...

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my story, by Ray Godbold

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

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Harl Hogan, Gabrielle's husband

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

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Deborah 's mother

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

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Marjorie and her mother

I held my mother's hand until her last breath. She had metastatic melanoma and had faded away to a skeleton....

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C.W.'s mother

In December 2015 my mother was in Resthaven in South Australia. She had a second stroke and had a 'Do...

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Elvie's story

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

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For many, it's a living death

I was diagnosed with a rare form of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 25 years ago. It ended my previously successful life...

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Jo, Rosemary's friend

Meet Jo in her early seventies, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer earlier this year. She decided, after...

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Andrew Rose, my husband

My husband of 46 years, father of Drew and Kirsty, father-in-law of Kylie and Mark, grandfather to Robbie, Cameron, Liam...

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My sister, Trish

My sister Patricia Ellard died in August 2016, with glioblastoma multiforme, an unsurvivable brain tumour. She was 58 years of age. Prior...

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Robert Rankin's story

I was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) on 19 November 2015. I don't want to see this disease through...

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Elizabeth's dearest friend

"It's so much worse than I had imagined." After much thought I am forwarding to you one of the last...

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Ken Dickson, husband and father

"Dear Joan, Sorry to go this way but until the Govt don't pass the law and find a better way...

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