In this issue of People Magazine, Brittany Maynard has opened up about her decision. She is an American woman, and she is battling terminal brain cancer (specifically, glioblastoma grade 4), which she was diagnosed in January 1. 2014. She has been given six months to live and she is promoting the legalization of aid in dying and she would like to e able to have the right to end her life.
What the twenty nine year old is reportedly planning is on November 1, 2014 she wants to take a fatal dose of barbiturates in the presence of her husband, mom, stepfather, and best friend, she wants to end her fight to stop suffering and her emotional final days.
Her family moved to Portland, Oregon — where the life-ending act is legal — shortly after Maynard was diagnosed last spring.
“My [cancer] is going to kill me, and it’s a terrible, terrible way to die. So to be able to die with my family with me, to have control of my own mind, which I would stand to lose – to go with dignity is less terrifying. When I look into both options I have to die, I feel this is far more humane,” Maynard tells PEOPLE.
It was on January 2, when she endured a series of tests, and doctors told her she had a “large” brain tumor. At first she was given three to five years to live after removing part of the tumour, sadly though it grew back with such a vengeance they revised their prognosis and giving her only six months. She and her family searched desperately for a treatment that could possibly save her life.
The full-brain radiation she could undergo might be brutal, possibly causing blindness and mental and physical impairment.
“It’s not lifesaving,” she says, “and it’s torturous.” In her research she had come across articles on “death with dignity” states like Oregon.
By making her decision,
“I’m choosing to suffer less, to put my family through less pain.” She knows nothing is set in stone: If Nov. 1 is a good day, she’ll hold off. But she is a realist and she is ready. “I feel very fortunate,” she says, “to go surrounded by love.”