Stories

For me assisted dying isn’t about dying, it’s about living

"I have a rare and incurable form of cancer called sarcoma and I know I may not have long left. I'm 57 and live in Twickenham, London. I'm a chemistry lecturer and scientist by trade and, until recently, I had the job of my dreams. I...

What about those who cannot afford to go to Dignitas?

Sara Starkey, 72, travelled to Switzerland with her husband Andrew Tyler, 70, who suffered from advanced Parkinson's Disease. He died in April 2017 at Dignitas with Sara by his side. Tyler, a former music writer, was diagnosed with the Parkinson's Disease 10 years ago. His...

Peter Short’s story told in Fade to Black film

The documentary Fade to Black (1.5 hours) is centred around the personal story of Peter Short, the charismatic CEO of a major Australian company. Peter is diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer and learns that he has only months to live. After hearing about Melbourne-based physician, Dr Rodney Syme – who has...

Harry’s Story

Harry Gardner, aged 90, is dying from prostate cancer and calling for the right to end his own life before he reaches the “horrific” final stages of the disease. Harry, a former scientist and talented folk musician, said he had heard the pain was “horrific” in...

Dr Lancee: I stood up for what is right

by Dr Alida Lancee The lack of assisted dying legislation has been a huge problem in my care of my terminally ill patients for the past 20 years. The 1913 criminal code still in place today … leaves doctors, patients and their loved ones vulnerable and...

Mary wants to be able to enjoy her last days

Mary Klein, a retired journalist and artist, lives with her wife of 37 years, Stella Dawson, and their dog in Washington, D.C.. Klein has advanced ovarian cancer and supports the bill which legalised medical aid in dying in Washington DC. Mary and Stella have just featured...

My husband wanted his story shared

......During one of those long discussions, Paul decided that he was ready to move forward and request MAID. The level of the steroid medication had been increased several times. We knew its efficacy was limited. When it wore off, Paul would no longer be capable...

Jen Barnes leads Victorian petition

Jen Barnes is a Victorian nurse of 40 years, who is dying of brain cancer. Jen and her husband Ken, like 75% of Victorians, want a voluntary assisted dying law. Jen has said: "I’ve seen a lot of deaths and some of them have been far...

Loredana: I am not allowed to die

"My name is Loredana Alessio-Mulhall and I have advanced, progressive multiple sclerosis. I am totally disabled and can’t move anything except my head and my mouth. I have had a catheter for 10 years and a colostomy for 15 years and for me there is no turning back. It...

Heather’s Story – Regrets of the dying podcast

Georgina Scull has made this heart-warming podcast, where she speaks with Heather Pratten, now 80 years old, as she relives what led up to that life-changing decision to help her son to die. It is the story of a mother who could not bare to...