Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old suffering from terminal brain cancer, recently made national headlines after announcing her plans to end her life through physician-assisted suicide. The young woman now says she may not go through with the procedure on Nov. 1.
Maynard moved to Oregon to have access to the state’s “Death with Dignity” law for terminally ill patients. She previously planned to take the fatal dose of a prescription medication on Nov. 1 after her husband’s birthday; now Maynard says she will see how the disease progresses.
On Oct. 24, Maynard wrote on her website, “This week, my family and I traveled to the Grand Canyon, thanks to the kindness of Americans around the country who came forward to make my “bucket list” dream come true. The Canyon was breathtakingly beautiful, and I was able to enjoy my time with the two things I love most: my family and nature.
Sadly, it is impossible to forget my cancer. Severe headaches and neck pain are never far away, and unfortunately the next morning I had my worst seizure thus far. My speech was paralyzed for quite a while after I regained consciousness, and the feeling of fatigue continued for the rest of the day.
The seizure was a harsh reminder that my symptoms continue to worsen as the tumor runs its course. However, I find meaning and take pride that the Compassion & Choices movement is accelerating rapidly, thanks to supporters like you. I ask that you please continue to support C&C’s state-by-state efforts to make death-with-dignity laws available to all Americans. My dream is that every terminally ill American has access to the choice to die on their own terms with dignity. Please take an active role to make this a reality. The person you’re helping may be someone you love, or even in the future, yourself.”
Publication date: October 29, 2014