Month 4, Day 28: Petition for change to Tony Abbott and Denis Napthine

Hi, I am meeting a number of people who unfortunately had not caught on to the blog address change. I would ask all friends to let others know. Be it work,family or friend networks, it would help. Text them, ring them ,email them and twitter them. Gosh who would think I would ever become a media specialist! Let me know on the blog how you go. I will see it in the stats which say the daily hit rate is about 250. I want to maintain my prime blog objective of keeping friends in touch and aware of the process around terminal cancer. Secondarily I wish to ensure I use the Blog to involve the greatest number of people globally that I can so they may also travel the journey but have their voices heard via the blog and especially via the petition to the PM and Vic Premier,link below

http://www.change.org/petitions/prime-minister-tony-abbott-introduce-laws-to-enable-medically-assisted-suicide-for-terminally-ill-people-i-e-choice-of-when-and-how-to-die-with-dignity?

Am in last week before big Chemo dose next week  so have had lots of energy. I have been thinking a lot after some of the recent interviews,about what Choice means at end of life. It is interesting to think through the need for family consensus, who should be there, at what stage you make a call. It seems to me one valuable part of choice is to act at a reasonable time so the maximum positives can be taken from the situation for myself and especially my wife and son. It raises interesting conversation in my family and with friends. What thoughts do you have around it?

The Project by the way is now on TV next Tuesday night at 6.30. I have not heard from the Vic Premier or the Prime Minister, both of who have had polite letters regarding a wish to engage. They must be aware ………are they frightened maybe like most people to talk about Death? If you know either of them pls ask them to get in touch.

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

4 thoughts on “Month 4, Day 28: Petition for change to Tony Abbott and Denis Napthine

  1. I’m following and sharing your blog Peter. Such an unselfish crusade you’ve undertaken when you could be spending your time in other ways. Love to you Libby and Mitchell (& Missy). Rosemary

  2. As to when to make the call, and the who and the how…this is very difficult. Too late – there is the fear that you will collapse in the street, medics arive and you wake to find yourself stuck in hospital without the means. Too soon, you and your loved ones may indeed have grappled with the notion of terminal cancer and death in the abstract, but may not have yet truely come close to the reality of saying goodbye to this life. Just my opinion, but I would say there needs to be a truly decent (but not debilitating) struggle with each of your four elements (Pain/Mental Health/Physical Health and Life Enjoyment). I have very recently farewelled my beautiful mother from this life (days ago in fact). She too was unsure of the exact timing, but I think the right time revealed itself to her at the point where she suddenly felt that she could not longer hold conversations with friends and even family. She suddenly felt she was driving down a different road from everyone around her where the future was a straight line headed to the final destination. Following a diagnosis of a rare and aggressive terminal cancer, it was an easy decision for her to elect to chose her own timing – having watched my sister die a slow, undignified and painful death from terminal cancer a few years earlier. (Yes – no matter how much palliative carers pump morphine and other drugs in at the end, there can still be a lot of pain (such as nerve pain) that cannot be controlled; and who can actually say that when you are unconcious that you do not feel pain). The actual timing and goodbye was extremely difficult. Despite my protestations, she was adament that I not be present, to aviod any difficult questions or implications. She was also afraid that she could not actually go through with it if I was present. This is still painfull for me, and I am still in the midst of unbottling my feelings towards her illness, let alone her death and manner of death. I wanted to be with her – but have some comfort in the fact that she told me that she had reached an understanding that although we magnificently share our journey, we are essentially of ourselves born alone and likewise die alone. She had had a great life full of amazing, often challenging, yet life affirming journeys, and had come to terms with the ending. I wish you all the best Peter. Taking up the cause and speaking so frankly on the issues is very brave – because it means confronting them head on; something we are seemingly very uncomfortable doing as humans. I wish your loved ones great courage as well – to walk along proudly beside you and to not let the ball of dread in their stomachs take over the joy of sharing this precious life with you.

  3. Hi peter, great blog but would I expect anything else from you? Inspirational at the least! I have tried to sign your petition but there is a problem with it I will keep trying.
    Both my parents died from cancer 38 days apart one waiting for the other and they would have liked the choice to go together which wasn’t possible hopefully what you are doing will help others as well as yourself
    Thinking of you
    Karen

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