Terminally ill father’s heartbreaking final post after MND battle

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A terminally ill Melbourne father who “took control over the beast” of motor neurone disease with the aid of Victoria’s assisted dying laws has shared a poignant final social media post.

Greg Ashmore shared the message to Facebook after his death in Melbourne on Monday night.

The 50-year-old travel adviser and father of three wrote that he “took control over the beast that is ALS/MND (motor neurone disease)”.

Motor neurone disease is a rapidly progressing neurodegenerative condition impacting the nerves and the brain, eventually leading to paralysis. There’s no known cure.

“This hideous and cruel disease has intruded our lives for the past 18 months,” Ashmore wrote.

“And with the support of my husband and children I have ended my suffering and took the option of voluntary assisted dying.

“My family were with me and holding my hands as I relaxed and drifted away.

“I am grateful for what was a wonderful life.”

Victoria enacted its voluntary assisted dying laws in 2017, the first Australian state or territory to do so.

It’s available to “those who are already dying from an incurable, advanced and progressive disease, illness or medical condition” or “who face an inevitable, imminent death as a result of an incurable disease, illness or medical condition”.

Greg Ashmore is survived by his husband Shannon Barry and his three children.

On Friday Ashmore will be laid to rest at a funeral service in Albert Park in inner Melbourne.

Husband Shannon Barry wrote on Facebook his “heart is broken into a million pieces at the passing of my husband.”

Family of Greg Ashmore fundraising for MND research in his memory

Ashmore’s family are now fundraising for research into MND “so that no other family has to suffer our same loss”.

“We are trying to fundraise as much as we can in lieu of flowers or mementos in honour of Greg Ashmore’s wonderful life,” they wrote online.

Tributes for Greg Ashmore, who was well known in the travel industry, flowed online after his death.

Anthony Callea wrote, “There are some people who bring a light so bright to the world that, even after they have gone, the light remains… always.

“Thank you for the memories, friendship, love and fun times. We will miss you.

“May your soul find rest Greg.”

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