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Originally diagnosed late 2012 with a Grade 4 Geoblastomer Multiforma Tumour, I have had my brain cancer return after a four and a half year battle to beat it, followed by two years of remission. Due to the side effects from the first round of aggressive treatment, I was left disabled and live with daily pain.
With it now back, I am not able to do any further treatment, which means this will end my life.
Due to the type of cancer it is, this is a slow painful death as it on its own doesn’t kill me, instead it causes all of my body functions to shut down one at a time. This would leave me bedridden, and suffering from bed sores and everything that goes with that.
For me the passing of this bill would bring relief, and I would apply for it. However, like most overseas where they have this choice, I wouldn’t take it until the very last minute. My life would only be shortened by up to two weeks - the worst at the end.
And I would die in my own bed, surrounded by my memories and loved ones - listening to my favourite music. Holding my son’s hand (and with my faithful companion beside me on the bed) while I slip into sleep and then stop breathing.
I don’t actually want to die as my previous battle shows. However as a Christian, I am not afraid of death, just what I will be forced to go through before this comes.
Will I pass the strict conditions for application? Yes, I have a terminal illness and will apply when my doctors estimate I have six months or less to live; AND yes, it is irremediable and involves grievous suffering; AND yes, I am mentally competent and fully aware of what I am asking for. Three ticks (as required).
Unfortunately for me my previous treatments have also shown that I am in the approx 6% of people that painkillers don’t help and the last thing I want to do is die while in an induced coma (known as palliative or terminal sedation where they actually kill you by removing your feeding and fluid tubes) as that would not stop the pain, just my ability to tell people about it.
Do you think I am the only person in this position? Do you think that perhaps one day it could be you or someone you love facing this before dying? So please support this bill and vote YES.
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