Day 21/90: Overwhelmed by Jeff Kennett, Derryn Hinch & good stuff except PM intransigence

Not sure where to start.

Lets begin with cancer stuff. My voice took a turn for the worse after my big female cabinet night. Thought it was overwork, you try talking over that many ladies! Went to ENT man today rang at 9, in at 4.10 amazing. He stuck the elephant nose tool down my nose through felt it wiggle as far down as my bum, and bottom line is not a big drama maybe like the ladies a bit of silicone and botox shift. Theory is voice and letters come from lungs, vocal chords and mouth, I have 1 in 3 in top form, concentrate on slowing up, not talking as much and pronouncing like an English person. Fantastic outcome as I though back to hospital for a tune. Love that ENY man.

Documentary, interviewed Jeff Kennett ex premier today. Huge supporter of DWD and what a fantastic hour or so. Felt like talking to an old friend. Big learning was he challenged me on the key elevator message re change of law as everyone needs to understand, and it has to be simple. It is a big learning as I struggled to give him a best in class response and if I can’t no one can. Work there for me and political crew.

Derryn Hinch dropped by Monday and we interviewed each other as 2 people who have faced a terminal diagnosis. He is now in a better place. But this guy had just returned from 2 weeks in NZ on hols and had taken a heli mountain bike ride where he fell off. 2 cracked vertebrae and a cracked rib and he rolls in to talk with me. Drives a big ol caddy amazing and cool.This is a very special person. We had a great talk and things in the works as he wants the law changed as much as me……..

Been mucking round with a secret TV thing. No more comment on that. It went seriously off the rails but today a 2 hour session sorted it all and again exciting times ahead.

Picking up on the rock song, Dr Rodney Syme sent me a poem on dying with choice. I sent it to Roy my music star and he put it to song. Rodney came over tonight with Marilyn my PR lady from QLD, and I played it to them and we shared a special red, those who know me can guess starts with G ends with E. I swear I saw a small tear in Rodney’s eye when he heard the song written as a poem by him 4 years ago. Again plans in place to take it and Roy Global

Mitchell got his last exam results. He PASSED with a Distinction so now Feb 1 he begins a career in FMCG as a graduate recruit in Store Development, proud dad and just so so happy.

Not sure what chemistry is happening in my body and brain but I am in a seriously great place, maybe a bit of morphine, 5 ml of valium before I subjected my self the the ENT probe, 2 G….e and 3 charadies alters perspective.

Have just watered our veggies, marvelled at the tomatoes one answered back and now better sign off as clearly this is a bit of a non standard blog.

Hope PM has a read and says , oh he can’t be that bad, tomatoes talk to him to!

Last bit is I am reappraising my Physical Health measure. I think it is where it is at 5 I am a whinger. So recalibrating to 8 as a base line and we go from there

Also had 2 old friends drop in out of the blue his morning, one a brilliant potter/artist bearing gifts and the other unbelievably her ex sister in law who I have craved to have a hi with.

Better go to bed as Van Morrison says I am feeling comfortably numb!

Pain 0/10 Physical Health 8/10 Mental Health 10/10 Life Enjoyment 13/10

Day 19/90: PM Tony Abbott, Josh Frydenberg, Fiona Nash and George Brandis press release on Dying with Dignity and me offering leadership

The following is what it is all about and how simple the ask really is, they just need to copy and print. Feel free to send broadly to all members of parliament and opinion leaders. Media may even care to publish this spoof press release or give me a call. Front page of the Age and SMH to much to hope for? Please click on each of the ministers to read the press releases.

Have taken down as courtesy and it was inappropriate by my standards on reflection day.

I am at the end of my bliz for now on a meeting with the PM but will not give up, the silence will simply fester his lack of action in the public mind, till I again lift the scab! Owch. There are some significant plans left for the remaining days 71 to be exact, as well as lots on just the plain old journey. Very busy next week with some CEO’s ,ex Premiers and Hinch, should get some valuable ideas and docko input. Maybe they can get to the PM. Off to my sisters 60 birthday celebration, how exciting, lots of family a bit of good wine and hopefully some slippery small food. Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 5/10 Life Enjoyment 12/10 if this gets traction, has all day to do so for a change.

Day 18/90: ABC Radio NSW/VIC Interview and still no word from Mr Prime Minister

What a week with chasing the PM. I am not giving up, but realise you would like a broader discussion around my journey. I aim to get back to that balance. However the media below was a great interview on ABC shared with Dr Rodney Syme and ending with the Roy Kossena hit….Please Mr Prime Minister don’t let me DOWN DOWN. I did it in studio at ABC Melbourne friday morning, they call it the TARDIS room, pretty cool as I am a Dr Who fan. I hope you enjoy the story, some new angles. I did get a call from Federal MP for Kooyong Josh Frydenbergs Office (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister), saying they are still in discussions with the PM’s office………..thanks to them for ongoing trying, just trying is not enough.

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 5/10 Life Enjoyment 11/10

Day 17/90: My Cabinet addresses the PM Tony Abbott, who is still staying silent!

Radio 6PR Paul Murray drive time, Some very clear messages I hope, you be the judge.

My continued drive to meet with the PM, it is getting seriously wearing,though Senator Frydenberg’s office advises me they are trying. My executive Cabinet speaks out! Also had a great in station interview this morning with ABC to be played in both Vic and NSW, again same messages Choice at end of Life, meet me Mr Prime Minister, will pt up tomorrow.

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 5/10 Life Enjoyment 10/10

Day 16/90: Rock song to PM Tic Toc Tic Toc to a dying clock

The video rock song we create here says it all. Please forward to everyone, this one I need to be viral and that needs help.

Work was done in 2 hours by Roy Kossena. A great friend. His business is turning stories into songs, get in touch with him at roykossena@live.com.au He would love to work with you on a love story, a birthday story, a special message story or like me a political plea for a meeting story!

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 5/10 Life Enjoyment 12/10

Day 15/90: Christmas Plea to Prime Minister for a meeting, it would be easier to meet Santa!

Dear Mr Prime Minister, I attach a youtube link I hope you find informative,entertaining and a call to action. Can you seriously ignore an Australian who is trying so hard for so many, come on, its nearly xmas.

Hi everyone, this one is a bit early, day is only half gone but it is a winner. Clear schedule. I have had a very exciting media discussion/negotiation this morning that will add to my momentum but is shrouded in secrecy. If anyone can assist with my PM quest, letters, calls to his office or even better appeal to his better half his wife go for it. Nothing like a Honey talk to Shorty whispered in his ear………………….

Today is going to be about a bit of retail and getting Christmasy, it is my sisters birthday, the dogs may get a sit in the park, I at least don’t run or walk fast so they can suffer alone with me. I also have a great book on my Kindle that is junk fiction but will rip through a bit of this.

Wont draw out the note, love the following, we are just about to hit 100,000 blog hits and we have 23,000 petition signers. Momentum on this front would also be awesome. Also have had no approach from Iconic Ozzies who wish to help advocate for the next 12 months, so keep looking.

Pain 0/10 Mental Heath 10/10 Physical Health 5/10 Life Enjoyment 10/10

Day 14/90: Plea to meet PM and will pay my tax early to help your budget!

Dear Mr PM. As a result of ending my career as a successful executive in Feb, not only did I pay an embarrassing amount of tax last year, I have also a PAYE carry forward due to be paid in May. It won’t fix your budget but it will certainly help. I am prepared to pay this early and forgo investment earnings from it the day we meet. Lets get commercial and you help me help you, and the Budget issue all in one go.

Back to all interested parties,

I attach a link to a great Daily Mail online article done today. Well done Daniel responding to my call for some help to further get the message across to the PM. I hope you like the article and photos. Dan did this starting with a call at 8.30am and a few more during the day. What a great online outcome. All media requests to help are welcome.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2856907/I-wonderful-life-time-choosing-dog-Missi-s-ears-hands-family-Australian-dad-planning-die-spending-touching-moments-son.html

Went to the oncologist today and we had a good chat. He is away for a few weeks in Dec so we are doing a bit of just in case planning. Have all I need just in case e.g., for emergency lung drain etc, normal type stuff!

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 5/10 Life Enjoyment 10/10

Day 13/90: Open Plea to PM, Goodbye chemo team and great night at Crown

Dear Mr Prime Minister, As you are fully aware I have a very deep need to speak to you on freeing up your party to discuss Dying with Dignity by enabling them to exercise a free conscience and at some possible stage a free vote in any discussions they may have with constituents, press, their families and loved ones on this topic. The embargo placed on all Liberal members by your line “this government does not support euthanasia is simply no longer acceptable” in terms of leadership response. Surely you can see that? Even more so when many of your cabinet members do wish to discuss the topic. Through your office I have a letter stating it is an important topic that should be discussed at the highest levels. Well doesn’t get higher than you and your actions are hindering freedom of speech on this topic. I have but weeks left to live quite possibly, and certainly Feb should see me out. I promise you it will be a respectful, honest discussion and though I am not a head of state, a corporate giant or a poll and media strategist I am very special and this is my highest end of life priority outside my family. I am sure we would both be richer for the experience of meeting.
Regards, Peter

And back to everyone who is peeking on my mail to the PM………

Today Elizabeth and I went to the hospital who have looked after me for the last 6 years and said our goodbyes to the Day Oncology team as we have stopped palliative chemo. I felt a bit like the space man floating outside the capsule with the earth way down below and I just pulled out a hose. Quite a strange sensation. Hats off to all carers with a special bow to oncology ones, very special.

Last night we had a great evening in Crown. Dinner at Nobu which seriously is worth saving a life time for, you need to! Best Sushi bar outside Japan. We then had a blackjack session or I did, and I risked $500 and left the blackjack table after 40 mins with $470. Some would say I lost $30, I say I won $470. Or a longer bow is I was always expecting to lose $500 and came away with $470 so really I won $970. Like politics, depends on the spin. We then snuggled up in the great Crown beds, watched a movie with the big south bank gas ball exploding on the hour outside the window and then snoozed off. A great Sunday, and some life insurance $ well spent.

Mr Prime Minister, If you have read this far, happy to shout you a dinner at Nobu as a backdrop to our discussion. I can only eat slidy food and it is slidy.

Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 5/10 Life Enjoyment 11/10