Suffering shouldn’t be the only option

Dying with dignity. It’s an option everyone should have at their final stage in the cycle of life.

Sadly, it’s still not possible and our loved ones often leave this world after a painful end.

There’s nothing quite so cruel in life to battle terminal illness, knowing the end is approaching, but endure the suffering that comes with death.

Nobody should have to endure such an awful end to their life.

Kylie Monaghan, 35, of Port Pirie, is the brave face of a renewed campaign to legalise voluntary euthanasia in South Australia.

Kylie has battled cancer since the age of 29 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Since that diagnosis, she has continued her cancer battle but sadly it has spread to her liver and bones. 

She wants another option, should her suffering become worse.

“From a personal point of view, I have a small cancer in my brain and if it gets any bigger it is going to affect my co-ordination and I’ll end up dizzy and bedridden. I just think, ‘what sort of life would that be?,” she told The Advertiser this week.

“I got a fracture in my neck a few months ago and if it fractured again, it could paralyse me. I don’t want to be lying in bed staring at the ceiling and feel like a burden on my family — I want that choice.”

“I think people should have the right to choose — they don’t have to take it but it’s there.”

Voluntary euthanasia is Kylie’s right. She should have the option to end her life with dignity rather than endure a painful death and see her family and friends suffer as she suffers.

Voluntary euthanasia, when administered and monitored properly, serves a humane purpose. 

Nobody deserves to die a cruel, slow death. To find out more about Kylie’s campaign, visit

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