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Brittany Maynard Is A 29-Year-Old Who Is Choosing To Die With Dignity After A Terminal Cancer Diagnosis

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Brittany Maynard

This might be the most truly inspiring thing we've heard in a long time.

We shared with you a little bit of news about Brittany Maynard on our Facebook page yesterday, but now, we have even more information on the 29-year-old's decision to undergo death with dignity.

Brittany was diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma brain tumor, and was given only six months to live back in April.

After researching her cancer and speaking with doctors, the newlywed decided that next month, she will use a doctor's prescription to end her life, which is not the same as committing suicide.

You see, Brittany, along with her mother and her husband Dan Diaz, recently moved to Portland, Oregon, a state that has had death with dignity laws since 1997.

Brittany spoke to PEOPLE about her decision, saying:

"My glioblastoma is going to kill me, and that's out of my control. I've discussed with many experts how I would die from it, and it's a terrible, terrible way to die. Being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying.

I believe this choice is ethical, and what makes it ethical is that it is a choice. [I] can change [my] mind right up to the last minute. I feel very protected here in Oregon.

Right now it's a choice that's only available to some Americans, which is really unethical."

What Brittany means is that in addition to Oregon, only residents of Montana, New Mexico, Vermont, and Washington can choose to end their lives this way.

And Brittany is using her life as an example as to why every state should adopt the death with dignity laws.

She will be working with Compassion & Choices, an advocacy group that fights for people in her exact predicament, to make a video diary of her final days to urge the government to offer the option to every American.

Brittany is scheduled to receive her life-ending cocktail on Nov. 1st, just two days after her husband Dan's 43rd birthday.

To learn even more about Brittany's story, or to donate to the Brittany Maynard Fund, visit www.thebrittanyfund.org/.

[Image via Dan Diaz/Instagram]

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4 comments to “Brittany Maynard Is A 29-Year-Old Who Is Choosing To Die With Dignity After A Terminal Cancer Diagnosis”

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    I'm not sure what to think about this. She must have thought this out and decided to end her life while she still had the ability to do so, but what I don't understand is why do it so soon? Unless she is already experiencing some terrible effects from her cancer I am not sure why she already picked the date. This is a decision that all terminal patients should have the choice of doing, but is she 10000% terminal? That is my concern. How sad.

  2. dan lang says – reply to this


    I recently read about a woman with a terminal brain cancer into whom doctors inserted a polio virus which killed the cancer and saved her life. Apparently this is an experimental treatment, inserting the weakened virus directly into the brain, but at least one human has benefited. I have no way to directly contact Ms. Maynard but I hope she sees this and that it it is a new path for her and her doctors to try.

    First human polio virus clinical trial raises hope for curing cancer

    Stephanie Lipscomb, a South Carolina college student, has an amazing story of surviving deadly brain cancer which is just short of miraculous.

    Diagnosed with stage-4 glioblastoma, a highly deadly and aggressive form of brain cancer, Lipscomb became the first human to participate in a polio virus clinical trial.

    Plagued by severe headaches at the age of 20, Lipscomb’s malignant brain tumor was diagnosed and found to be the size of a tennis ball.

    Given only five years to live, standard treatment options including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy failed to eradicate her glioblastoma.

  3. Jo says – reply to this


    What do you mean 10000% terminal? Terminal is terminal.

  4. vie anne says – reply to this


    I find this so sad! she might live! and how can she leave her family any sooner than she has to. This is so sad. And not just the choice she has made, but her cancer too.
    I hope she is a woman of faith and is at peace.