LOS ANGELES — A newlywed US woman with terminal cancer has announced plans online to end her life on November 1 to die with dignity and without debilitating pain.
In January, Brittany Maynard, 29, was given six months to live due to brain cancer, and told her death would be long and painful because of the aggressive nature of the disease.
She was trying for a first child with her husband Dan at the time, but gave up on that hope due to the cancer.
“The thoughts that go through your mind when you find out you have so little time is everything that you need to say to everyone that you love,” she said in the video which has been seen over 5.5 million times on YouTube.
Maynard and her husband Dan, who had just married when she first began having severe headaches, moved from their home in California to Oregon, one of a handful of states with a right-to-die law in force.
A doctor could therefore prescribe her the medication she needs to end her own life, surrounded by her family in the bedroom she shares with her husband.
Maynard is currently on medication to limit the swelling of her brain, but which has the side effect of making her gain weight.
She agreed to make the six-and-a-half minute video publicizing her case “in spite of some profound shyness regarding her new prescription drug-induced appearance,” her fundraising website said.
“I didn’t launch this campaign because I wanted attention… I did this because I want to see a world where everyone has access to death with dignity, as I have had,” it said.
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