Day 38/90: Admitted ourselves to Palliative Care, what a great twist

We decided this morning it was the right thing to do to admit myself to the great Palliative Care service offered by the great hospital supporting me.

Clearly things are getting a lot tougher and part of choice is the joy of continually taking them. Where to from here. May well follow the time honoured Palliative Care traditions and if it does, this goes to reinforce the value of choice is in the journey and not the end.

Richard Di Natale’s bill is just so important for these reasons, as is my documentary, and the efforts by all dying with dignity organisations pushing for change throughout this country. Not sure when I will send the next blog.

Stay tuned.


39 thoughts on “Day 38/90: Admitted ourselves to Palliative Care, what a great twist

  1. You have fought a long and hard battle and this post is no surprise after your last one. You have done much to advance the position for those who with physical illness who wish to die with dignity. I wish you a peaceful path in those days you have left.

  2. However you choose to play it Peter ‘your choice’ at home or hospital is truly dignified. You are an inspiration and I feel privileged to have travelled with you from the sidelines throughout your journey. My love to you, Libby and Mitchell.

  3. Peter watching your journey through the eyes of a computer screen and images on TV, I can only say that you are truly and inspiration to others. I thoughts are with you and the family. You have taken the fight to have a choice so far and have now people not afraid to talk…. Take care.

  4. We are thinking of you, Elizabeth and Mitch and want you to know we love you and are so proud of all you have achieved these past months.

  5. All at Dying with Dignity Port Macquarie wish you a peaceful journey Peter, whichever path you choose to take. Thank you so much for your wonderful efforts. When the Bill is passed we’ll be raising our glasses to you.

  6. Your journey has not been an easy one Peter for you or your family and you have done so much for the Right to Die with Dignity. I have followed your journey from the beginning and will be so very sad when it gets to the end, as I’m sure many others will be. Whichever path you choose may it be a peaceful one. My heartfelt thoughts are with Elizabeth and Mitch.

  7. So glad you got to spend Christmas at home with your family. Whatever choice you make will be the right one for you. You are an amazing person who has been instrumental in advocating dying with dignity. My thoughts are with you and your family Pete god bless xo

  8. Thanks Peter for coming into my life and helping me with my roller coast ride and fighting for change !! This Bill will be past ! cheers Mate !

  9. Peter, you do what is the best for you. Whatever you decide it will be the right thing. You know we all are with you and wish only the easiest and best for you. Be proud of how you have faced this hard hard journey … and now turn your thoughts to yourself and your family. Wishing you all the very best for every day. xx Julie

  10. Peter I have followed your journey from the beginning as well and you are part of my life. Whatever path you choose it is time to think of yourself and your family now. You have fought hard to make it better for others. As always thinking of you, love Nelly

  11. You’re a hero Peter! Thank you for spending your precious time on this cause. From this stranger and fellow traveller – peace and love to you and your loved ones on this next stage in your journey. (Blowing kisses from afar)

  12. And now the end is near Peter we know you did it your way! You’ve fought the hard fight and have all the way through this journey made the right decisions. You have been and will continue to be an inspiration even when you’re gone. Will miss you every day xx

  13. I would like to say that to anyone who is told there is no hope, just to keep there thoughts positive because there are many people that can beat there death sentence given to them by there doctors, by trying alternative therapies and life style changes even in the last weeks of there lives and they survive.

    Peter your choice was to fight for a different cause and not for yourself, it was the road you took for all us Australians and even though I have had trouble understanding why you did not try alternatives, I still do support you 100%.

    My wish for you on your journey to a new beginning is that it is just the way you want to go, as peaceful as possible and to have the room full with love and family as you pass. My thoughts are with your lovely family and my heart breaks for them.

    I asked my dying father to send me a message from the other side and to my amazement he did just that, a message no one would have known, it was our secret. So I know he is with me and watching over us, this knowledge has given me great comfort, he is just not in the physically world but in a spiritual one.

    Thank you for being one amazing Australian man, who gave us a 100%.

    God bless.

  14. Dear Peter,
    You have achieved so much in your quest to change the law and give all of us the choice and we thank you you for this.You will not be forgotten. You are a wonderful man and an inspiration to us all.
    I hope that this knowledge will sustain you. Love to you and your family.
    Thank you,
    Sandy xx

  15. Peter,
    You sharing your personal journey has changed my outlook on life ( the journey) in a way I can’t describe, all positives – for this I will always be grateful and strive to be strong.
    And solidly make one know a life lived well is made from choices.

    Perhaps some would deem this as odd this feeling that I’ve gained a friend via all your writings and actions, I feel honoured, thank you for making this world a better place and for sharing it with us all.

    You lit the candle for change. You mentioned you wanted petrol to be an accelerant for that candle so the PM could see the ‘smoke-signals’, find and hear you, and it happened without the petrol!!! The accelerant was not needed, I believe your spirit, the essence of you, has and will always keep that flame burning.
    Thank you Elizabeth and Mitchell for sharing your amazing main man with us, I hope you will find comfort in the warmth and light of Peter’s candle of change, that shall stay lit.

    With sincere gratitude, Margie

  16. Peter – I just landed in Melbourne and still reeling from your latest post. You’re a legend who continues to be Mr Positive despite the continuum of challenges. Our thoughts are constantly with you, Elizabeth and Mitchell. Take care my friend.
    Keep choosing to to be positive and make whatever other choices you need to remain comfortable. Cherish the time with your family around you. Thanks for your journal and for the significant role you played changing Australia’s DWD perceptions………..and soon the law !

  17. Friends who are no longer with me loved palliative care because, as they said, palliative care is not about dying, it is about living! Living the time that you have on this earth so carefree and pain free as possible. Their palliative care took a weight of their shoulders and of their family members as well. They help you life your life in a way that brings you joy and happiness and a lot of laughter.
    I hope Peter that your team is as marvelous as I saw my friends team. We’re still here, cheering you on. You’re such an inspiration to the Dying with Dignity movement, I hope more people will decide to get active and change the law in their country.. You will be leaving a great legacy.
    Stay strong, sending you across the ocean ‘bon courage’, big love and many blessings.

    Portland, Oregon

  18. Dear Peter , Elizabeth and Mitchell . You are an amazing family to have been sharing your lives with the world and fighting for DWD. Our thoughts are with you every day. The Grufas family.

  19. We are sending all our love to you, Elizabeth and Mitchell.
    Wow! What an incredible fight you have put up at a time when most people would slow down and take it easy. You have been and will continue to be an inspiration. Thanks for sharing so many great times over the years and thank you for the friendship you have given to all four of us. We will miss you. Sweet dreams Pete.
    Love Liz, Ross, Pearce and Caroline xxxx

  20. We have been following your website blog daily over the past couple of weeks since I heard your interview on the ABC. Thank you for sharing your deeply intimate and personal journey with us and the world. Congratulations on achieving your long sought conversation with the PM. I just hope that he is true to his word, at least on this issue.

    We wish that the rest of your journey is filled with comfort, serenity, love and peace. Thank you again for taking the time, amongst many other competing demands, to do what you can to progress this very important issue for the rest of us including those not yet in your situation.

    Mark & Robyn, Federal NSW

  21. You have fought a long hard battle Peter, everyone is so proud of you, our love goes out to you and to Libby and Mitchell, take care

  22. Fighting til the very end- wouldn’t expect anything less from the great Peter Short. Thank you for being so inspiring and courageous. All the years of fun, laughter and friendship will be cherished forever. Thank you for making me feel like I had a second family with The Shorts. Mitch and Elizabeth couldn’t have asked for a better dad/husband. Will miss you Pete. Sending lots of love.

  23. Hi Peter 🙂

    I came across your petition and was happy to sign it.

    Your family were very supportive of my business, my sincerest thanks and I apologise for disapearing on you guys.

    Best wishes to you, Elizabeth, Mitchell, Missi and Ruby, my thoughts are with you.


  24. Peter, you have achieved so much in your quest to change the laws, and can now rest in the knowledge that you have done everything humanly possible to bring this topic into the spotlight. Peace and love to you, Elizabeth and Mitchell. Gai & Peter

  25. Thinking of you, Mitchel and Elizabeth…and thank you for your inspiration and genorisity In letting be such an intimate of your journey. You have definitely made a difference through this journey but also in every other aspect of your life leadership. I’m grateful that our paths crossed and will always remember your passion for….everything you do!
    Warmest regards now and for ever onwards.

  26. G’day Peter,

    It’s a good decision to start the palliative care thing when it’s time. It’s facing the reality of the situation and it does make things easier. Instead of the doctors trying to keep you alive at all costs, it’s about keeping you as comfortable as possible in the time left.

    Palliative care got involved with my late wife when she was in hospital and she decided she didn’t want resuscitation again if she had another heart attack. Before that she was on 60 bloody pills a day, just ridiculous. She moved from the hospital to a nursing home as she was too sick for me to care for her at home. There they further simplified her meds and she finally was given the space to die. She lasted 2 weeks, making sure I was there with her when she passed. It was sad and beautiful at the same time, her death being her last experience to share with me. It was also a huge relief that the nightmare of her suffering was now over.

    Stay brave mate. Like I said it’s not easy, and it’s going to get worse from here. Blog when you’re able and if you feel like it. I found with my blog it’s an excellent way to gather one’s thoughts and release feelings into a safe space.

    Continuing to keep you and your family in my thoughts.

  27. Pete, from the first time you, Mitch and Elizabeth came for dinner I knew you were special. You would always bring me a bunch of flowers and chocolates to make me – the 5 year old girl feel special and included. You’ve dedicated the last year of your life with the aim to change the euthanasia laws to better the lives of others. You’re simply amazing and an absolute inspiration to not only me but everyone who has ever met you or read this blog. It’s been an honour to work with you and to be a part of your journey. Sweet dreams, Love Cal. x x

  28. I too have been watching your journey through your blog. I have lost my mother, father and brother to cancer and have always been a supporter of the principles of dying with dignity. My mothers last couple of weeks were spent in palliative care and it was definitely a caring and supportive time for both of us. I have no doubt you and your family will cherish every minute of every day.

  29. God bless you and your family Peter. You are such an inspiration and courageous man. You will be remembered for your amazing work raising awareness and your passion.
    Carol and Stuart Vietnam

  30. Thank you Peter,
    for being the inspiration, for many people, to further a cause that is authentic and needed in the journey we call life.
    I will be thinking of you as you travel now, about how you raged against those who will not listen and opened the ears of those who would be reticent to this cause.
    May your loved ones find peace and feel great pride for your achievements.
    Thank you and warmest regards

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on that sad height,
    Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light. ~Dylan Thomas

  31. Precious Peter,
    Thanks for sharing your journey and now rest in peace knowing that you did all you could.
    Thanks for your passion and your determination in spurring along the DWD cause, I will certainly be spreading the word on the importance of this choice.
    Love and special thoughts to Libby and Mitchell
    A life very truly well lived

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