Month 6, Day 15: Desmond Tutu supports Dying with Dignity

Desmond Tutu has also come out around assisted dying and Dying with Dignity, worth a read if you have the time, as Bob Dylan so famously sang “the times they are a changing
“. Click here to read the article.

I also saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes today, alone as retired people do whose families have different film tastes, pretty good if you like that sort of thing, beats hanging around:)

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 7.9/10 Life Enjoyment 10/10

Month 6, Day 14: Why buy Boots?

Your future and how it informs your day to day. I went shopping on the weekend more because I just wanted to get into a bit of retail and see who was doing what. In the process I thought about how all the people were buying things as part of their future. In some cases they would be looking and dreaming of saving for something. I find the indeterminacy of a future time line quite weird. It makes so many things redundant.

The stock market was a hobby I loved, the numbers now and reports on company strategies is meaningless, the what might be possible just does not exist in so many things. I only bring this topic up as it is a part of this what I now find is a new normal, here making an impact but………………….

So in the end you ask did I buy anything? Yep a pair of black RM Williams boots clearly which will outlive me. But ever practical we had a dinner party saturday night and 2 friends tried them on and they fit both of them, weird in itself but true. I will will them one each!

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 7.9/10 Life Enjoyment 10/10

Month 6, Day 12: Ex Arch Bishop of Canterbury supports Dying with Dignity

Former Arch Bishop of Canterbury has reversed his position on Dying with Dignity, i.e. assisted dying of terminally ill in the UK. Have a read and get excited, the world is really screaming out for change, we have a draft bill in the Senate for discussion so read with interest and yell loudly. Click here to read the article.

Keep spreading petershort.com.au and the petition is a way. we have 13700 signed up. Best friends for dinner, got to go. (PS we will feed them, not eat them!)

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 7.9/10 Life Enjoyment 10/10

Month 6, Day 11: Read the Dying with Dignity bill

Hi, following is a link to the all important Dying with Dignity bill in the Senate, which Senator Di Natale’s office advises me that it’s currently looking like a September hearing. From my tic toc perspective this is a long time but I plan to be there no matter what. Please have a read and I hope you participate in the hearing process via submission I will advise details when available. Click here to read the Dying with Dignity draft bill.

Next, I attach a short video message which I hope you find both informative and enjoyable. Feel free to spread petershort.com.au as widely as possible to build knowledge, awareness and votes in support of dying with dignity.

Month 6, Day 10: Meeting with Dying with Dignity Victoria Board

Funny world. I get the odd mail where people seem upset at my pain and health scores and feel it disqualifies me from comment. Not sure what makes them tic, but they can rest comfortably my time will come shortly.

Tonight I am off to have a chat with the board of Dying With Dignity Victoria, informal pre board meeting.

Responses from parliamentarians are coming in, so far about 10 for ,5 on the fence and 5 no. Some of the notes are very generous and supportive. I am somewhat amazed given the ask for their time as they were clearly written by the member. Lots is happening on this front.

Also had a great chat about possibly getting support from a Melb Uni by a marketing class taking up as part of their course the challenge on how to build awareness and support on petershort.com.au and the petition. Could be fascinating.

Breathing continues to be a bummer, and I think I can start to see how some forms of disability get to people. Early days but one needs to move slow, talk slow and measure movement or it gets hard quick. Will be interesting to adapt to.

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 7.9/10 Life Enjoyment 10/10

Month 6, Day 8: Letter to Federal Parliamentarians, conscience voting

Hi, today every Federal Parliamentarian received the email below. I hope this will be picked up on a broad scale by media of all forms as it is about getting the Dying with Dignity onto the table and into discussion in every household. Feel free to help do so.

Also greater exposure to petershort.com.au and the petition can only assist. Now at 11500 and growing.

Supporting a conscience vote on Dying with Dignity draft bill

Dear

I am a 57 year old resident of Melbourne who is terminally ill with oesophageal cancer. I am asking you consider this very serious note.

I recently came to Canberra and had the opportunity to make a presentation to a number of federal members and senators from all parties in support of a Dying with Dignity bill tabled for comment. I also had the opportunity to meet a number of members and senators one on one.

I wrote to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and received a letter from Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Josh Frydenberg stating “We need an honest, open and high level public debate on this issue”. I therefore see that as a mandate the bill process will continue.

I understand a process will now follow, amongst federal politicians, to see this critical dyng with dignity bill put forward in parliament for a conscience vote.

A conscience or non party vote is not the right of an individual parliamentarian. They must represent those who voted for them, their electorates majority collective conscience. If under extreme circumstances this leads to a parliamentarian having an opposing deeply held personal view, they should declare that and abstain.

With that in mind I believe on a matter that has had such emotional and difficult passage in the past, yet overwhelming Australian public support today each Federal Senator and Member should be transparent and let us all know where their conscience vote would rest. Some minds may be made up others possibly undecided. It is important that all constituents know their position to enable free and clear discussion immediately.

Please respond to me with your position as to where you stand on this important issue by end of July. I also suggest accommodating your view on your website would be most appropriate.

I have a short time left and I will choose, how, when and where I die. If you would like to be better informed around my story and circumstances please refer to: petershort.com.au

With the greatest urgency, passion and respect,

Peter Short

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 8/10 Life Enjoyment 10/10

Month 6, Day 6: Perth MP Melissa Parke and Little Creatures

In Perth with Mitchell since Friday. Had last minute f2f with MP Fremantle Melissa Parke which inspired me in terms of her support and preparedness to stand up to do what she can in support of Dying with Dignity laws and especially the current Federal Bill for comment. An amazing lady with a background in war torn regions and the UN shaping some of her convictions.

Mitch has not been to Perth and after all the rushing caused by tic toc tic toc I realise it is the first time it’s just us. Fantastic time in markets, cafés,maritime museum and Little Creatures brewery. Also had dinner at a close friends and unusual for Mitch to be my partner, gave me a new lens on his grown up ness. Unfortunately the host was so good we were babbling by midnight, but a stay up record.

Week has been good and chemo tiredness ok. Changing blog address to petershort.com.au seems to be helping petition,plus a big text push to friends.sign ups close to 11000. Last night at dinner we contemplated the slow traction and the few ? raised on the blog. If people feel I need private space it is just the opposite, feel free to ? And engage.Makes it a better journey for all.

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 0/10 Physical Health 7.9/10 Life Enjoyment 11/10

Month 6, Day 2: Domain name for ease

Who would have thought. Month 6 and firing on all cylinders! Health wise going OK. Family is strong and lots on. My chemo on Monday went well though the vein it went up is a bit sore and swollen, no drama. This is the cloudy week of tiredness so between things I rush off for a power nap. Only my friend Patrick is better at it.

Am still very excited by all that is to come with driving legislation and have lots on the go. Have now registered petershort.com.au so it will make it easier for you to tell your friends and build awareness if you so choose. Nearly at 10,000 on petition so a long way to go but that is the first threshold. Also have worked on the blog to make links easier, and share buttons at the bottom if you all hit them will be enormous help, big hint there 🙂

Interestingly am getting about 150 – 200 visits a day for a read, so it seems to have relevance. I do wonder how I became so wrapped into this but see no other way.

I would be greatly interested in ? and comments you may have that you just wish to know answers to, but have not felt comfortable to ask about this journey. It will help me be more thoughtful and you get more value from it. I feel the balance has gone a bit too far to platform for change rather than terminal journey but they merged on the fast track a few months back.

Got to go hooking up with a business call to London would you believe, the other bit of my life.

Pain 0/10 Physical Health 8/10 Mental Health 10/10 Life Enjoyment 9.9/10