Brittany Maynard, Woman With Terminal Cancer, Ends Her Life
Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer, ended her life Saturday evening, PEOPLE reported. She died at her home in Portland, Ore.
Faced with a terminal brain cancer diagnosis and six months to live, Maynard chose to move from San Francisco to Oregon, where the Death with Dignity Act gave her the right to “voluntarily request and receive a prescription medication to hasten [her] death.”
According to PEOPLE, Maynard updated her Facebook page before she passed:
“Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more. The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type…Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!”
Just days ago, she said she was not quite ready to die.
In a recent interview with NBC News, Maynard said, “I don’t want to die. But I am dying. Death with dignity is the phrase I’m comfortable using. I am choosing to go in a way that is with less suffering and less pain.”
You can watch Maynard’s video explaining her decision below.