Month 7 Day 31 Dignity Ring Official Launch

Hi, The story is below, I hope you like the ring, as many have been asking. I hope to see a sea of Dignity rings in public soon, over to you, just follow the link at the bottom to order. I would also love some comments about the idea of a symbol and the power they can be in creating ongoing discussion, as well ass darn……….do you just love it?

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Caroline Morgan, a close family friend, budding entrepreneur and jewellery designer has decided to create the ‘Dignity Ring’ as a symbol of change. She will donate $5 of every purchase to support the documentary created by Jeremy Ervine.

This ring which you will cherish as a favourite piece of your jewellery collection symbolises the ‘D’ in Dying with Dignity and adds a sprinkle of good luck with the shape of a horseshoe and in another angle even represents the ‘C’ for Choice. The Sterling Silver ring is adjustable in size and is great for women as well as men.

Caroline’s ambition is to help make this a globally recognised symbol for Dying with Dignity and to spark a change, which all generations moving forward should be entitled to. Please click here to purchase the ring. 

Price: $50.00

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 8.0 /10 Life Enjoyment 10/10

Month 7 Day 30 Weekend at Crown great Melbourne Day

Moved into Crown last night for a weekend of food, movies the health stuff and reading. Best beds and blinds. You want a dark room this is it.

In case you have not caught up with the Dignity ring have a look at the tab on the blog header bar. I wear mine everywhere, be part of the Symbolism.

Just watched the movie Lucy gets a 8/10. Good scifi

Off to have a steam and a read, Nobu for dinner and blackjack for desert. There are upsides to everything such as these special weekends.

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 7.4/10 Life Enjoyment 11/10

Month 7, Day 27: ABC Radio National I love you and ditto RMIT students

Hi great day with the launch of my goal to get Corporate ASX 300 companies involved. Some responses, none biting but ABC Radio National gave us fantastic exposure. Please feel free to shot this to as many as you wish. Blog and petition both responding to they input.

Last night also spent 4 hours listening to 6 presentations from the RMIT student teams working on how to drive awareness and signups with 1 million the goal. They were all inspirational and with their ongoing support will help change this law. A very public thanks you teams. Shame we can’t get six winners but I would love you all to remain involved, see you in 2 weeks.

Chemo kicked into today, got up for interview, had coffee with Mitchells sudo grandmother then slept till 4.30!

ABC Radio National interview

Please click here to read my article on ABC Radio National’s website.

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10 /10 Physical Health 7.5 /10 Life Enjoyment 11/10

Month 7, Day 25: DWD meets Corporate Australia

What a weekend, down at Phillip Island in my sisters B&B and catch up with Dick and Deb. Weather great, and driving the new car down, a good bit, never going over the limit once. Today a few hours in Cabrini loading up on Chemo, and amazingly Ray a mate who designed a fantastic farewell bracelet for Eliz a few months ago was in the opposite chemo chair. She is going well, small world or I have been going there to long.Took 2 stabs to get the vein right, don’t you just hate that. Will be a slower 10 days or so, but I am trying a new book by Murakani.

This morning I launched a new effort in getting the DWD topic and laws up in the public arena by sending a note to ASX 300 companies. Have a read and see what you think. There are a lot of companies this would not get to like all the unlisted ones and groups within conglomerates such as Wesfarmers who is listed but the CEO of Coles, Bunnings Target etc is not or Shell not on ASX etc etc. Anyone who wishes to forward into the corporate sphere beyond what I have done or even to reinforce it would be hugely helpful. I expect they will be far better responders than politicians to my earlier notes and hopefully somewhat supportive. Have got some press interest from a release my press release friend arranged so listen to a 20 min interview on Wednesday morning live at about 9 am on the ABC Radio National program Life Matters, discussing with Senator Richard Di Natalie and myself why and where corporates fit in the Dying with Dignity quest.

Please click here to read the email.

Petition is at 19,000 long way to go. Amazing what is possible, medical marijuana looks like it will crack through, we are next with ongoing help in chemo sized doses! Pain 0/10

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 7.5/10 Life Enjoyment 11/10 

Month 7, Day 21: Life is amazing even when dying

Big update. Yesterday scans went well. Results are encouraging albeit the lungs are a bit worse than last time. My oncologist however sees my situation as way in front of expected KPI’s so summer and getting really tanned with no skin cancer worries is one plan. Then after much family chatting we went to pick up a used Porsche Cayman at the Melbourne Porsche shop same place I sold one 8 months ago. They were fantastic and even gave us some great Porsche coffee cups as a special. It was and will be a lot of fun. Then drove for drinks with Kirsten and Lissane at a new bar in Malvern.

Today 2 old friends set up a day that ranks as a top 10. Drive to Freestones diner and car museum on the Great Ocean Road. Mr Freestone, his wife and their German shepherd flew in in their chopper and he walked us through some fascinating stories on their cars, business and life. 2 people and a dog that really have it sorted. Then off along the Great Ocean Road with Tomo’s brother in a stripped bare old Holden used for time trials and hill climbs. I left a new brake print on the passenger floor. Naughty but unbelievable! Then onto the back of tomo’s 1100 Yamaha and hugging at speed for a 30 min ride to Torquay airport. Into a six seater flown by a Di Caprio double down along the coast up over and around the Apostles and back. Then back to Melb in Matts 635 BMW.

Thanks to the many who set this up. A bucket list day and I don’t have a bucket list

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 10/10 Life Enjoyment 12/10 ’twas a biggie

Month 7, Day 19: Steve Price Interview and Pollies

Yesterday was a big day. Had a CT scan to look at the enemy and will see results wed. My documentary friends filmed and it got a bit messy on the 2nd try at the trace chemical they inject, the nurse was tremendous but camera made her nervous. I also had a meeting at home with Senator Richard Di Natale and his team plus Dr Rodney Syme. It helps understand the bill process moving forward and shows there is lots to do, key is raise awareness, build petition and lobby members of parliament and the media. Great session and we have a plan.

Then had a great offer of support from an unexpected field. Spoke to Fiona Patten who is President of the Victorian Sex Party. They embrace Dying with Dignity as part of their Victorian platform and she appears keen to assist my efforts re petition and awareness. We are meeting up for a coffee next week to get a better understanding and it should be fun as she was very energetic and enthusiastic on the phone.

Then a cat nap till about 9.30 when I readied for my Steve Price interview below. The really positive thing here is they are truly interested and rang me as they wish to keep abreast of both my circumstance and the Bill process. If only there were 50 more Steve Price’s and 2GB’s Have a listen about 8 minutes

So far Special Forces Team DWD150 has had one member step forward.

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

PS: Lotti, you still out there I hope?

Month 7, Day 17: Help! Join my special forces team, DWD 150

Hi, Though there is a lot going on we need to change the game and step it up if Richard Di Natale’s /OUR national Dying with Dignity bill is to make it. At present I have a number of irons in the fire as do the Dying with Dignity organisations around the country and Richard Di Natale and co sponsor Alanna MacTiernan.

The rational for a Special Forces team of 150 people is that if you are not one of the few intimately involved with this legislation, blog, Dying with Dignity organisation etc you would not even know their is a bill up for comment, and submissions close 21/8/14! In itself this is OK but points to a need to fundamentally raise the conversation so that every media outlet, every, current affairs show, every influencer,every politician and everybody over the next 6- 8 months is aware of and promoting the need for change.

DWD 150 can substantially impact this and help shepherd the debate through the various stages not letting one politician off the hook with incomplete or vague responses to conscience voting and their arguments against this legislation. The current visible agitators and change drivers in this country are few yet 80% of people agree with to option of CHOICE i.e. medically assisted death for terminally ill or incurably suffering people in a proper and  controlled framework.

I am therefore putting out the call to take the current number of people in my core Special Forces Team, i.e. Rod, Judith, John, Richard and team, Alannah and team, Matt, Melissa, Jim, Michael, Elizabeth, Mitchell, Jeremy, Carolyn, Lucy, Marilyn  from 15 to 150. (Let me know if i have offended any one by omission)

Objectives are as follows:

Do everything you can as an individual to contribute in scale to increase Petition numbers, to debate and expose the legislation in the public arena and through political contact and direct impact influence having this bill voted on in the Senate and HOR successfully. You will revel in building on existing strategies that are rolling and inventing others for your self whiles sharing ideas with and belonging to a high performance team.

Your Capabilities

You need to be a self starter, able to create outcomes unaided and unresourced, may or may not have your own terminal illness, may or may not live in Australia, may or may not be religious, may or may not be aligned to or interested in a particular political party,media group etc. The greater diversity of skills and experiences and passions the better. You will have a real desire and capability to work with a virtual team, to effect change that will impact the lives of thousands of Australians going forward in a very positive way. Not just the terminally ill but the caregivers, the doctors and untold family members who live on. If this sounds familiar, I WANT YOU.

Next Steps:

Please think this through carefully. It is not about passion alone, but capability, networks, skill, imagination, resilience, action and a determination to win a rightful outcome against significant historical odds. Then send me an email at pgs-28@hotmail.com with a brief explanation of who you are, why you want to join and ideas on what you may be able to contribute, albeit you may not have that fully fleshed out. I will respond and build a group list. From there we will work out details.

I see this as us finding a new apolitical way to effect change, be part of a winning high performance team and be a group of people who truly make the difference real.

As well as the process above I would love to get some feedback via comments on thoughts around forming a Special Forces team. The DWD 150!

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