Watch: Woman Explains Why She Will End Her Life on November 1
Brittany Maynard and her husband were on their honeymoon when she started to get severe headaches. By January 2014, she found out she had a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme and was told she had ten years to live. A few weeks later, however, doctors uncovered the cancer was at stage 4, and she would only have six months to live.
Maynard and her family, who lived in California, moved to Oregon, where the state’s Death with Dignity Act allows people with terminal illnesses to take medication prescribed by a physician to end their lives. Oregon is one of the five states (including Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico) that allow such prescriptions.
In a video posted by Compassion & Choices, an organization working to expand choices at the end of life, Maynard said that she will die peacefully in her bedroom surrounded by her husband, mother, stepfather and best friend on November 1.
Maynard says in the video: “I can’t even tell you the amount of relief that it provides me to know that I don’t have to die the way that it’s been described to me that my brain tumor would take me on its own.”
Watch the full video here: