The Voluntary Euthanasia Party's lead candidate in the 2015 NSW State Election, Shayne Higson, puts her case for changing the law on assisted dying following her mother's harrowing experience.
With its purple cover and neat, rounded handwriting, the book looks as innocent as a schoolgirl's diary. But it tells a savage story.
"I know that I have failed Mum. She trusted me to make sure she would not suffer in the end."
Shayne Higson, a 55-year-old photographer, wrote those words in late 2012 as she recorded her elderly mother's final days with brain cancer.