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]