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A Brave Life, A Merciless End

My husband Russell was ill for 20 years – ten of those in chronic pain, riddled with arthritis in his...

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Belinda and her mother, Mareia

I can't wait to stop talking and start walking – all the way from Victoria's Parliament House to the front...

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Coroner John Olle

Case 1 The first individual is a 59-year-old man. He had a wife of 38 years, survived by his children...

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My father, David

Isn’t it strange, the various pathways that lead us to the world of voluntary euthanasia? I suppose some see it...

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Doctor X's experiences

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

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My name is Eileen Emma Dawe

The following are extracts from the diary of 90-year-old Eileen Dawe. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer and wrote of...

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Trapped in a body that let him down

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

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My father

My fatherClever manMaker of things beautiful and strong My father Could fix it all Except his own health Myelofibrosis corroded...

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Cathy's father

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

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Adrienne's husband

As a nurse and midwife, I’ve witnessed life’s first and last breaths many times. It amazes me that something so...

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Dr Westwood's mother

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

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Ann's bestie, Rhoda

Her suffering defied belief. My bestie, Rhoda, was the outgoing one of our group. She loved socialising. A fit, outgoing...

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Dr Geoff's patient

I had a fully paralysed patient on life support with end stage neuromuscular disease who could only communicate through eye...

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Bill's beliefs

I am a 90-year-old EDA veteran affairs pensioner. I have recently arrived home from Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney...

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Bettina's mother

My strong, wonderful mother had a living will and was determined to avoid the fate of so many of her...

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Coral's patients

People’s bodies at end of life do amazing things. Bones break. Organs fail. Even our neural receptors, our pain receptors,...

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Gloria, my mum

My mum, Gloria Mable Ohma, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in her late 30s. Mum went through a gradual...

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John, Jessie's love

John had suffered for five years with terminal bowel cancer. He had had more than 60 per cent of his...

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John's mother

Eleven years ago, my mother had a stroke and took seven months to die. As her principal carer I divided...

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Kit, Judith's mother

My mother, Catherine (Kit) Sanotti, was a fit, healthy, vibrant 73-year-old woman. She lived alone at Davistown and tended her...

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John Grayson: my story

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

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My dad

My father originally appointed four persons who could make a euthanasia decision for him should his physical and mental capacity...

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My mother's best friend

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

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Michele's father

My father died of lung cancer in the mid-1980s. He was told it was inoperable and that chemotherapy would likely...

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Meg's dad

My dad died this year from a brain tumour. The minute he was diagnosed he wished for the ‘green needle’,...

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Juliana's father

My father’s death was kind and loving. I had the support of an understanding GP, many years ago now, who...

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Loredana's story

I have advanced, progressive multiple sclerosis. I am totally disabled and can’t move anything except my head and my mouth....

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My mother, Edna Fitzgerald

Ever since having seen my late mother, Edna Fitzgerald, suffer so much when all she wanted was to slip away...

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Miriam's mother, Dorothy

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

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Rachel's mum

I lost my mum last month. She had pancreatic cancer. We told friends and extended family that Mum passed away...

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Leith Richards

I am a 60-year-old woman who has been diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer, Stage IV, which is a terminal illness....

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Deb's final days

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

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my husband, Wayne

It turns out goodbyes are important. I wrote this account of my husband, Wayne, a year after he took his...

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John's partner

Let me begin my partner’s story by stressing that the nursing staff were dedicated and kind. They do all that...

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Lachlan Smith: my story

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

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My sister's story

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

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My beloved grandfather

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

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Cory Taylor, my story

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

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Flora's patients

On too many occasions as a Division One Registered Nurse off duty, and on duty, I have been overcome with...

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Prof. Ian Maddocks

Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks is an eminent palliative care specialist and Senior Australian of the Year 2013. In an online...

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My husband, Andrew

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

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Cleona, my first

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

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My mum, Dulcie

At the age of 73, my mother, Dulcie May Turton, was told she had a neuroendocrine tumour in her abdomen...

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Michelle, my sister

My sister Michelle was originally diagnosed with cervical cancer 12 years before she was re-diagnosed with a cancer called adenocarcinoma....

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Alexander and Margaret Maxwell

Margaret Maxwell was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994. She researched the disease and pursued a regime of alternative medicines,...

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Sue's brother

My brother Paul had been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer that had spread to his liver. Wednesday, he was told...

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Mum

Dear Mum, I’m so sorry I didn’t kill you. I came close, believe me. The pillow was millimetres from your...

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Shayne's mum, Jan

My mother, Jan Scott Ryder, was a beautiful woman who adored her family and loved her life. In May 2012,...

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My brave father, Russell

This is the story of my brave, sensitive and loving father. Russell Alfred Walker was born in Parramatta to a...

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My friend, Graham

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

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RIP Dad. Love you always

When Channel 7’s Sunrise Facebook page asked viewers if medically assisted dying should be legalised, Denise’s response was emphatic: YES....

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Lady Winifred Stephen

In January 2016 Lady Stephen wrote Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull an open letter discussing problems of national importance. In it...

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Di's father

We always knew it would happen. Our father said many times that they treat animals humanely and put them down...

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My dear friend

After much thought I am forwarding to you one of the last messages my dearest friend wrote, three weeks before...

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My life partner, Mark

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

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My mum, Betty

My mum, Betty, had a wonderfully full life. She had been very active mentally and physically but the aging process...

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Ann-Louise's mum

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

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My friend, Diane

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

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Husband and father, Kenneth Dickson

Our father/husband, Kenneth Stanley Dickson, aged 81, was suffering terribly with his third bout of cancer. Fifteen months ago Dad...

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Dr Geoff Trezise

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

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George, Dinny Laurence's father

My father George always said he wanted to go home and die in his own country. He and my mother...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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