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Lambton manJohn Grayson has a malignant brain tumour which he says will lead to right side paralysis, partial blindness, cognitive impairment andpaintowards the end of his illness. He was given two-to-five years to live when diagnosed in 2014.
Another option: Euthanasia advocate John Grayson has a rare brain tumour. He believes having the option of doctor-assisted dying would improve the mental health of the terminally ill. Picture: Ryan Osland.
The self-confessed“hardcorenerd” said he dreadedthe thought of essentially“becoming brain dead” as his cancer progressed.
“A part of that dread is perhaps because of my own‘nerdiness’,” he said.
John Grayson on euthanasia for Dying With Dignity“I have a strong loveaffairfor sciences, especially physics and chemistry…So whileI’m aware no one wants to lose their mind, I think my fear of cognitive impairment is perhaps my greatest fear.”
Hehas become an advocatefor euthanasia, contributing to Andrew Denton’s bookThe Damage Doneand appearing on the ABC’sQ&AandYou Can’t Ask Thatprograms.
You Can’t Ask That Mr Grayson penned an open letter toSouth n Parliament members after voluntary euthanasia was recently knocked back in the state.
One of his biggest frustrations in the fraught euthanasia debate was the concept that“we can’t allow doctors to kill,” he said.
“It’s not the doctor that is killing me, it’s the cancer. The doctor is giving the best medical aid possible–to end my suffering,” Mr Grayson said.
He used a scene inthe popular TV seriesGame Of Thronesto describe his thoughts on euthanasia.
“One of the characters–Mance Rayder–was to be executed by being burnt at the stake,” he said.
“His execution was taking place, but Jon Snow–the good guy–broke the rulesand instead shot a crossbow into Mance killing him instantly and ending his suffering.
“Mance was already dying, and he’d soon be dead.
“No one would argue Jon killed him, he instead ended Mance’s suffering of being on fire, in pain, and stress.”
Mr Grayson said the existence of euthanasia lawscould improve the mental health of the terminally ill byoffering another option.
The n Medical Associationsaid doctorshave an ethical duty to care for dying patients so that death can occur “in comfort and with dignity,” but thatthey should not be involved in interventions that have ending someone’s lifeas their primary intention.
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Mr Grayson said brain pain was hard to treat.
He was not scared of death itself, but of being alive in that “end state.”
“It might seem strange, but having euthanasia as an option removes the concern of your final time,” Mr Grayson said.