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75% of Victorians want a Voluntary Assisted Dying Law.
But it won't happen unless you contact your Local Member and tell them to support the bill. Please do it now.
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My name is Jen Barnes and I am a nurse of 40 years. I’ve seen a lot of deaths and some of them have been far from ideal. Now I have a terminal illness. It’s an aggressive form of brain cancer and I know that it can lead to a very undignified death.
I may be lucky and I may just drift into a slumber. But I may suffer with seizures. I could certainly potentially be confused or have my words so jumbled that I make no sense.
I don't want to die. No-one wants to die. Because we all want to see the next grandchild, the next birthday, the trees bloom or whatever – we all want that.
But I know that at some point in time they’re not going to be able to help me and they’ll say, ‘No, we can’t operate, we can’t give you treatments anymore, and this is the beginning of the end’.
Palliative care is very good but I know that it doesn’t work for everybody. If it comes to it, I will want another option.
It’s very important to me to have control of my destiny. Anybody that knows me knows that I wouldn’t want it any other way. And it’s not just for myself, it’s for my family, too. It’s no benefit for my husband and my children for it to be a long and drawn out procedure just because I still have breath.
My family is behind my choice. So are my friends in nursing, as well as most people I know in our local community.
Please support the Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation when it comes to the parliament in the coming months. I say politicians are there to represent the community, not just themselves. 70-75% of us want this law. And that’s what I want you as our representatives to focus on.
Thank you for your support.