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Actor Lord Rix dies after advocating for VAD

One of Britain's most famous actors, learning disability campaigner Lord Rix, has revealed he is dying and has made a heartfelt plea for euthanasia to be legalised. ...

Californians are saying goodbye with VAD parties

In early July, Betsy Davis, a 41-year-old artist with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, held the gathering to say goodbye before becoming one of the first Californians to take a lethal dose of drugs under the state’s new doctor-assisted suicide law for the terminally ill...

John’s plea for law reform

Andrew Denton launched his new book “The Damage Done” at the National Press Club Canberra yesterday. It includes the testimonial of a young man from the Hunter region of NSW called John Grayson. Click for his testimonial from the ebook....

I’m a Christian with stage 4 cancer.

I was diagnosed with stage-three lung cancer in 2012. I was 58. In March 2015, we discovered the lung cancer had metastasized to my brain, neck and chest. Recently, I’ve had some headaches. I feel like my breathing has become a little more labored....

Being granted request for MAID provides relief

A Canadian family says the government’s new law on assisted dying gave their father hope in his last days struggling with a terminal disease. Now they're honouring his wish to speak out in support of the law for other families in need. JP Campbell died...

Cory Taylor speaks to Richard Fidler before she dies

By the time Cory Taylor's skin cancer was detected in 2005, the disease was so advanced there was no hope she would survive it. In later years, Cory has made facing death her project; and come to find it fascinating....

Miguel dies without assistance in Puerto Rico

Miguel Carrasquillo died on Sunday in his native Puerto Rico. He was 35. A Chicago resident, Miguel was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive, deadly brain tumor, in 2012...

Gillian Mears, author and VAD advocate dies 

The literary world is mourning the death of award-winning Australian author Gillian Mears, who has died aged 51. Mears died on her family's property near Grafton earlier in the week. She had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 17 years ago....