Month 4, Day 19: Smelling the roses on Eliz birthday

Hi, Still here and loving it.

Had a great weekend in Town for Elizabeths birthday. We wine and dined and pictured like there is no tomorrow, rings a bell! Seriously it is very hard especially for them. By the end of the weekend I realised that I need to take more care of what I say and do as with this process dragging on, it is easy to be all about me and have Elizabeth and Mitch miss understand where I am sometimes coming from and visa versa. There is I now realise a constant layer within layer within layer of comment and its interpretation. Very difficult and complicated when one starts to think deeply about it. However I think we are all still tight.

My query about blog use as I was only judging by the comments is clearer. I added Google Analytics so if you are interested it tells me in the last 7 days I had 153 visits, 393 page views 50.3% were new visits and 3 min and 2 sec on average time spent on site. Seems I am not alone, thanks. 

On my activity around The Right to Choose for terminal patients it is still bubbling along well. I am at the stage of trying to breakthrough a bit in the press, my letter to influential people is ready to go and I will start mailing at the rate of 5-10 a day. My reentry to Facebook and Twitter @28short have both yielded some opportunities and interest. Feel free to engage and assist.

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 8.5/10 Life Enjoyment 10/10

60 thoughts on “Month 4, Day 19: Smelling the roses on Eliz birthday

  1. Hi Shorty
    First time blogger….
    Your article in The Age today will be received by many as disturbing and by others, inspiring…
    so many articles I’ve read in the past have peddled enormous fear in people about the right to control one’s departure….Especially difficult if you are Catholic!…However, as confronting as it was to read about the challenges of dying with dignity, you bring perspective and insights that we must all absorb and entertain….Having witnessed first hand the extraordinary skill of nurses, oncologists and others who work in cancer treatment and palliative care…I have great confidence that a better end of life system could prevail in the future… maintain the rage…Majella

  2. Hi Pete

    congrats on the article in the Age today, I am impressed with your clarity and sense of purpose. It IS inspiring for your friends and encourages us to address the important matters in our lives, to make the most of every day, to enjoy the conversations we have and to not take things for granted. Marg.

  3. Great article in The Age, Pete.

    Best of luck getting the message out there and stirring up support. It will take a lot of pressure before anything changes, as politicians tend to listen to the loudest voting segments, which for the time being means they kowtow to religious groups and the like intent on blocking freedom of choice in this area. I expect that trying to engage them with personal stories will only take the cause so far; beyond that it will take rallies in the streets from the masses – both the sick and the well – to really generate enough noise to be heard and taken seriously.

  4. Hi Pete,

    Just read your missive to The Age..Wow, well said, well done!
    If you need to garnish extra support I’ll be happy to be one of the first signature’s on a petition to advocate for The Right To Choose.

    Go Shorty!

    Anne (3rd in line to the Winger lineage)

  5. Hello Peter. My name is Norman Hermant. I’m the Social Affairs Correspondnent for the ABC and I recently covered Dr Syme’s recent revelations that you have referred to in your compelling Op Ed in The Age this week. I am interested in speaking with you. We are looking at continuing to cover this issue and I think your story will make many people reflect on their views. I can be reached at (0477) 380 281, or via e-mail: .

    Thank you…Norman Hermant

  6. I have just read your article in Age 21/5. You are inspirational in your attitude to life and I wish you and your family and friends the very best. I offer you my support in your endeavours to have this matter dealt with through changes to the laws. Good luck into the future and I will follow you story from here on.

  7. You are definitely far from being alone Peter. I hugely admire your courage and fighting spirit. Thank you for what you are doing for me and millions of others.

  8. Hi Peter,
    What a brilliant, balanced and commonsense letter you wrote to the Age which I have just read.
    It is beyond my comprehension why politicians refuse to accept what is so clearly the wish of the vast majority of people. is it fear, cowardice or just religion based which, because they hold the power, they feel they have the right to force on the public at large.
    The changes which will inevitably come will be too late for you and for me but it doesn’t mean we can’t put up a fight for those who follow.
    One would think that if the Govt can not look at the humanitarian reasons for passing a law to legalize Physician Assisted Dying then they could simply look at the cost of keeping people alive against their will. These funds could be put to so much better use.
    I feel so many people take, or attempt to take their own lives way too early because of the fear that they will leave it too late and lose any control.
    I am happy to see that the quality of your life is still so great and that you are so grateful for that fact.
    Keep up the good fight and may you have more happy days. Kind regards, Jayne

  9. Hi Peter
    Hope this message finds you… I thought I sent a reply to your blog yesterday, but in hindsight I think I may have stuffed it up! My reply isn’t listed on your blog site and I think it may be floating around in the ether somewhere. (As you might have already figured I’m a complete newbie at this.)
    What I tried to say to you yesterday was how impressed I was/am by your determination and integrity as you face something I struggle to fully understand – I guess none of us do until we are forced to face it and deal with it.
    Your piece in The Age really brought home to me how important it is that we all think carefully about the issue of doctor-assisted death. My own thoughts on the issue have changed considerably over the years, and the recent series of articles in ‘the big paper’ has caused me to focus on these important questions again. I guess one aspect that really resonates with me is the need to maintain the dignity of the individual, which of course can mean different things to different individuals; but as you point out, the only undignified course is not to allow individuals to choose their own path.
    I hope you are comforted by the thought that there are many, many people out there (here?) who like me are reflecting on this difficult issue, because of your brave response – in the Age piece and in your blog. I hope that among those you touch are some who have the ability and the wisdom to bring about a change – first in society’s attitude, and then in our laws.
    I wish you peace,

    Frank Holwell

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