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, Oregon. 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.” Before her death, she left a final message to her family, friends and the people following her story.
On her website, “The Brittany Fund,” an obituary was posted, quoting Maynard:
It is people who pause to appreciate life and give thanks who are happiest. If we change our thoughts, we change our world! Love and peace to you all.
Earlier in the week, Maynard stated that she might not end her life on Nov. 1, as planned.
“I don’t want to die. But I am dying. Death with dignity is the phrase I’m comfortable using,” she told NBC News on the decision. “I am choosing to go in a way that is with less suffering and less pain.”
You can watch Maynard’s video explaining her final decision below.