Brittany Maynard was a courageous woman who lived and died on her own terms. At the age of 29 years old, she was diagnosed with a terminal illness known as brain cancer, or more specifically – stage 4 glioblastoma. Brittany chose to make a well thought out and informed choice to Die With Dignity in the face of such a terrible, painful, and incurable illness. She chose to move to Oregon and picked out a little yellow house in the city of Portland. Oregon is one of five states that protects patient rights with through the “Death With Dignity Act,” which allows you to end your own life on your own terms when diagnosed with a terminal illness.
“When you are 29 years old, being told you have that kind of timeline still feels like you are being told you are going to die tomorrow,” she said in a video posted in October that introduced her to the world.
Brittany Maynard’s Parting Words
Brittany chose to share some inspiring final parting words in the moments leading up to her death. Through her courage, she has unintentionally become the face and voice of the “Death with Dignity Act” and will be remembered for the message she left behind in this video. Watch it to learn more about why Brittany has made the choice to end her own life on her terms.
The Legacy of Brittany Maynard
Brittany devoted her final months to follow her motto:
“do what matters and forget the rest.”
For her, that meant living life joyfully, reinforcing to those close to her how much she loved them and doing everything in her capacity to set a legacy in motion.
“I won’t live to see the death-with-dignity movement reach critical mass, but I call on you to carry it forward. … I have to believe that the pain we’ve endured has a greater purpose in the change we can create as a nation. I leave it in your hands,” she wrote in a message shortly before her death on November 1.
USA Today Voices: The Legacy of Brittany Maynard
You can learn more about Brittany Maynard by visiting The Brittany Maynard Fund website. Go to: https://www.thebrittanyfund.org/.
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