Cancer Patient Changes Her Mind About Planned Death Date [Video]
As reported here, November 1st, for Brittany Maynard, was going to be the day she ended her life.
Brittany, as you'll recall is a terminally ill 29-year-old woman with brain cancer.
She, her husband and family moved from California to Oregon from California so that she could choose the day she would take her own life. Doctors have told Maynard that her death will be slow and painful.
The state of Oregon's “Death with Dignity Act” allows people to choose to die using a prescribed medication.
This week Brittany released a video stating that she has decided to wait. In the video she says:
I still feel good enough and I still have enough joy and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn't seem like the right time right now
Fox news reports that this past January, Brittany was diagnosed with grade II astrocytoma. Subsequent scans showed the tumor had progressed into glioblastoma multiforme, the deadliest form of cancer with an average life expectancy of 14 months.
Brittany wrote on her website:
The response from you all has surpassed our wildest expectations. On behalf of my family, thank you for the outpouring of love and support.
This journey has been challenging, to say the least. We've uprooted our lives. I take prescription drugs to reduce the swelling in my brain, that have caused my entire body to swell instead. Dan and I have given up our dreams of having a family. My mother is soon to lose her only child. We can all agree that no parent should bury their child.
Last week, Maynard took care of the final item on her bucket list: She and her family visited the Grand Canyon.
In Oregon, since 1997, more than 750 people have taken advantage of the state's “Death with Dignity Act”