Stories

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

It is not just about ending pain

Pain ranks near the bottom of a list of patients’ concerns in the first two states to legalize physician-assisted dying, Oregon and Washington, which provide the most complete details about people’s motivations....

Jay Franklin: likely to be excluded from VAD

Jay Franklin is a 40 year old Melbourne man born with a congenital condition known as Hirschsprung disease. He says there is no prospect of his condition getting better, and that he wants medical assistance to die at home with his mother Bertha there to...

12-year-old tells Prime Minister her yiayia has the right to die

As part of a project at Clifton Hill Primary School (Victoria), grade six student Aristea has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, demanding he change the law regarding voluntary euthanasia. In a strongly worded three-page letter, Aristea pleads the case for people like her grandmother,...