Stories

By her own hand

by Nikki Gemmell Helena wrote to me after my mother Elayn died, by her own hand, one bleak evening. My mum euthanised herself, by herself, in front of the telly – mindful that if she involved any of her children we’d be subjected to a police...

Rose’s Story and why the politicians won’t talk

Rose Tyburczy, suffered with Corticobasal degeneration (a rare, progressive neurodegenerative disease) and wanted to die. She had hoped that a change in the law in South Australia would allow her the choice of medical assistance to die. When the Death with Dignity Bill 2016 failed...

A physician’s view of MAID in Canada

Dr. Lianne Yoshida has been a family physician for 17 years in Nova Scotia, Canada. As of December 2016, she had helped four patients end their suffering. “When families have watched their loved one suffer for a long time, both the patients and families have...

Judith will die her way

In the 1960s, smoking was the epitome of glamour and sophistication. “Back then there was this myth that if you gave up smoking, all the damage done would be gone in 12 months….I can tell you that’s not true.” Says Judith Daley, Director of DWD...

She chose to end her life on her own terms

On April 19, 2009, surrounded by close family, Nancy swallowed a mixture of applesauce and powdered barbiturates that would cause her to fall asleep and never wake up. Nancy, aged 58, had Lou Gehrig's disease, the progressive and incurable disorder destroys nerve cells that control...

Montana man dies, thanks to court ruling for his Grandfather

“If you can think of the worst flu you’ve ever had and you get the cold sweats and then have someone stab a hot poker in your insides and just twist it around,” TJ Mutchler says in the video, referring to the pain he was...

Dr Edelman: They said my dad wouldn’t suffer, but he did

By Dr Sarah Edelman President of Dying with Dignity NSW Although he was in one of the best palliative care facilities in Melbourne, dying was a slow, cruel process. Since that time three more bills seeking to legalise assisted dying (in NSW, Tasmania and South Australia) have...

Why Noreen Campbell chose assisted dying

Noreen Campbell was 71-years-old when she chose a medically-assisted death on Jan. 12, 2016. She was a nurse and was among the first in Canada to be approved for a medically-assisted death, submitting her application the day after the federal government legalized it in 2016....

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...