Find Out Why this 29-Year-Old Woman Has Chosen to End Her Own Life

Source: People/ Dan Diaz

Source: People/ Dan Diaz

Brittany Maynard will die November 1. It’s not very often someone gets to choose the date of their own death, but Brittany is terminally ill. Brittany lives in Oregon – one of only five states in America that allows assisted suicide – with her husband and family.

Brittany’s story began after she spent years suffering from debilitating headaches. While on vacation on January 1 of this year Brittany, was diagnosed with grade II astrocytoma; a brain tumor which doctors said would drastically shorten her life. However, although doctors initially said she had another ten years to live, Brittany later was given the devastating news that her cancer had progressed to stage 4 glioblastoma – a malignant brain tumor and the most aggressive and lethal form of brain cancer.

Brittany and her family moved to Oregon from California following her diagnosis so that she could access its death-with-dignity law. The state has allowed Brittany access, and she now has the medication that she can use to end her life whenever she chooses. Brittany wants to die in her bedroom, surrounded by close friends and family on November 1 (she chose this date because she wants to celebrate her husband’s birthday on October 30th).

Source: People/ Tara Arrowood

Source: People/ Tara Arrowood

During her last months, Brittany has chosen to spend her time advocating for more states in America to have assisted suicide laws. In mid-October she will videotape testimony that will be played for California lawmakers and voters. Brittany feels very strongly about these laws, and believes that the choice she has made should be readily available to everybody who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. In an interview with People, Brittany said:

“Right now it’s a choice that’s only available to some Americans, which is really unethical

The amount of sacrifice and change my family had to go through in order to get me to legal access to death with dignity – changing our residency, establishing a team of doctors, having a place to live – was profound”

There’s tons of Americans who don’t have time or the ability or finances and I don’t think that’s right or fair.