Terminally ill woman shares story of choosing when to die
10/07/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
Oregon – Terminally ill 29-year-old Brittany Maynard is seeking to help spread awareness about initiatives designed to expand death with dignity laws in the country. As reported by People magazine, Maynard is helping launch a video campaign in the effort, sharing her personal story about her decision to end her life after being diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma.
After being told by multiple doctors of the short time frame she is expected to live and the pain and suffering the malignant brain tumor will cause her in the end, the then newlywed moved to Oregon with her family to have access to the state’s Death with Dignity Act.
Maynard is quoted in the report as stating, “My glioblastoma is going to kill me, and that’s out of my control…I’ve discussed with many experts how I would die from it, and it’s a terrible, terrible way to die. Being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying.”
Maynard is set to videotape testimony this month that will be presented to voters and lawmakers in California in an effort to expand the laws giving terminally ill patients the right to choose to end their life in the state.
Maynard is further quoted as stating, “Right now it’s a choice that’s only available to some Americans, which is really unethical.”
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