Month 6, Day 21: Blog in National Library Archive

Hi, The National Library of Australia has sent me a note requesting permission to archive Tic Toc Tic Toc to a Dying Clock the website, in its current and updated future form. Signing off the forms means” I would grant the library permission to retain my publications and to provide public access to them in perpetuity” Seems pretty cool, so its a yes.

I also was in touch today with Canberra regarding public process for the Dying with Dignity bill. They advised public submissions would close on the 21/8/2014 hearings would be after that and the final report would be delivered 27/10/2014. Close shave given my doctor prognosis is end date of 31/10/2014 :>

I made the point in email and a call, this was not good enough. 4 weeks to close off public submissions and no process was yet in place. They were great in responding in a further call this arvo saying delay was due to them expecting lots of responses and they were looking at setting up a template process. They advised it would all be public this week. Clearly a tardy start to a very important process and I did suggest it felt sinister but they said the response was sincere!

Had a great massage tonight, book one, Tiger White Sth Yarra Melbourne

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 8.9/10 Life Enjoyment 10/10

 

Month 6, Day 18: WA MP Alannah MacTiernan visits to discuss Dying with Dignity bill

Alannah MacTiernan Federal Member for Perth, Dr Rodney Syme and my family met today at home to discuss plans around Dying with Dignity or as Alannah sees it Your last Right. Unfortunately Senator Richard Di Natale was an apology due to the need to sit an extra day in the senate. We had a constructive discussion with the key conclusion being there is a need for a very coordinated process over the next few months to raise this issue in the public conscience, the media and on a national not state basis and ensure the Federal Parliament understand the need to address this legislation now.

The legislative clock is now ticking with Submissions by the  28th August , hearings in late September and the report on 27 October. My key goal is to live to be a part of it. Anyone who reads this can make a huge impact by taking the discussion up as broadly as possible, talking to their local federal politicians and helping grow the petition via this blog. It is only by those who usually watch on getting passionate that this will bear results.Tonights outcome in the UK parliament on Dying with Dignity will be quite instructive as well.

Below are a few shots to record what I think is a pretty interesting gathering. photo-8     photo-9

Month 6, Day 17: Choice as an option

So why am I on and on about Dying with Dignity and Choice. I am simply amazed now I am in the vortex of moving on, how exciting, liberating, calming and just plain right it is to know that when the time comes I have an option. That option enables me to say good byes and leave a warm, loving and inspired last view of myself to my family and dogs at a time of my choice. The suffering and pain is to me only the starting point for the Dying with Dignity rationale, the wake one leaves behind for the true victims, i.e. those who loved you is of as great, or even greater significance.

I find it exceptionally interesting to contemplate the options it opens up, what would be your last words to your wife and son?, it starts to show an adequacy gap in our language, good bye? I love you? Goodluck? I am sorry?…………..what are the words. Certainly a challenge worth great thought and one everyone should be able to consider. Many may choose not even to consider this, and natural process may be their choice.

It is fascinating however how Patrick Stuart, Desmond Tutu and The ex Arch Bishop of Canterbury are all now expressing changed views in support of Dying with Dignity as they think more deeply , as they age and as they are impacted directly by someone close. For me it is the same.

The lunacy of all this is such deep personal experiences really should not be needed. Logic, compassion and forethought should get us all to the same conclusion. The right to choose is a freedom we are entitled to and should all demand. More people are not going to die, simply more people won’t suffer. All it requires is the simplest of processes, common sense by our political leaders and a vote, why is this so hard when 80% of people are in support? It will cost nothing, safeguards are enshrined and suffering can cease immediately. Australia, 21st Century, models around the world, surely we are up to this.

Please keep driving that petition, it seems to have stalled…………where are the 80%?

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

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.