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Angelika Elliott with her husband John in Zurich, where Dr Elliott chose to end his life in 2007. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Widow says its hard to travel to Zurich for VAD

[caption id="attachment_8579" align="alignleft" width="300"] Angelika Elliott with her husband John in Zurich, where Dr Elliott chose to end his life in 2007. Photo: Kate Geraghty[/caption] It was ten years ago on Sunday that Angelika Elliott left Sydney for Switzerland with her terminally ill husband, John, so...

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Family release heartbreaking photos of mother begging to die

Flora Lormier died at home on 12 December 2016, aged 68. “We were all around her when she passed but it wasn’t peaceful.” Her daughter, Tracey Taylor, said the end came much too late - “My mum used to love her life. She’d get in...

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Vale Sally Crossing

On 28 December 2016, Sally Crossing AM (nee Fletcher) died with her family around her. In 1995, at the age of 49, Crossing had been diagnosed with early breast cancer and was treated with surgery and radiotherapy. In 2004 Crossing's breast cancer reappeared and tumours...

Belgium's Marieke Vervoort poses for the photo as she holds her silver medal after speaking during a press conference, during the Rio Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro,  Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Marieke lives in Belgium and has the choice

Marieke Vervoot, 37, a Belgian Paralympic athlete, suffers from an incurable spinal degenerative disease, diagnosed when she was 21. Her achievements have been hard won as the disease ravages her body and no two days are the same. "I know how I feel now, but I...

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What is changing the view of Victorian politicians?

The day after Health Minister Jill Hennessy declared her support for law reform on assisted dying, seven of her cabinet colleagues followed suit, including Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford, who said that Monday will mark exactly two years to the day that her daughter Sinead died of cancer,...

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Sue Jensen: My life, my choice

By ABC Reporter: Jane Cowan Sue Jensen has oesophageal cancer.  Now the cancer is in her lungs. She's focused on one objective: beat this. She has no problem with palliative care. This is not palliative care versus euthanasia, she says. She just wants the right to...

Robert Cordover with sons, Michael and Gideon before his death in 2009.

The personal stories behind the Tasmanian bill

[caption id="attachment_8691" align="alignleft" width="200"] Gideon Cordover, son of Robert, at the 2017 Tasmanian rally in support of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.[/caption] Behind the proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill in Tasmania are real people, with real stories. We hear from Nica Cordover, whose husband Robert had...

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Kylie Monaghan’s legacy

She was diagnosed with breast cancer on April 1, 2010. It was in the final year of her illness that Kylie really struggled – not that she ever complained. On the morning of her death, Kylie was so exhausted that she couldn’t even open her...

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Video of Canadian explaining her decision to die

This video (10.47 mins) filmed by the Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC) is of an 82-year-old cancer patient (who preferred her name not be used) discussing with Dr. Gary Rodin, Head of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto,...

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Lawrie Daniel waited for death, alone

In the quiet hours while Lawrie Daniel waited for death, he wrote heartbreaking letters to his wife Rebecca and to the NSW Coroner describing his unrelenting pain from multiple sclerosis, calling for voluntary ¬euthanasia to be legalised to ensure people would not have to die...