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Post  DHF on Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:18 pm

Dying with Dignity: How Brittany Maynard is Changing the Conversation about Elective Death in America

By Mary Tyler Mom

Brittany Maynard will die November 1, 2014. She knows this because she chose that date carefully and consciously. She will take her own life despite being able to say, "There is not a cell in my body that is suicidal or that wants to die," during a recent interview with People Magazine.

Ms. Maynard was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, the most lethal and deadly type of brain tumor in adults earlier this year. Her cancer is progressing rapidly and this spring she was given a prognosis of six months. She is using that time in an extraordinarily selfless way. She wants to change the way America thinks about elective death, or dying with dignity as it is most commonly referred to in legislative circles.

As it currently stands, there are five states that have death with dignity laws on the books. At the time of her diagnosis and disease progression, Brittany was living in her home state of California, not one of the five (Oregon, Washington, Vermont, New Mexico, and Montana). Knowing what her future held for her, and coming to understand that as her brain tumor progressed that future would inevitably end in a difficult, painful, and debilitating death, Brittany and her family made the decision to move residence to the state of Oregon, where the death with dignity act was legalized in 1997.

She explains it better than I ever could. Take a few minutes and watch this:



It is Brittany's wish for any American to be able to exercise the right to die when faced with a terminal diagnosis that would result in a lingering, painful death. She sees it as unjust that just because she and her family have the economic resources to pick up stakes and move to accommodate her literal dying wish they are in a position of privilege that most Americans are not.

http://goo.gl/BWUu7f

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Post  DHF on Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:36 pm

I am glad she is not suffering real bad right now. She will know when it is time.

29-year-old terminal brain cancer patient decides not to end own life on Nov. 1 (WATCH) http://goo.gl/SZQacL


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Post  DHF on Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:15 pm

Terminally Ill Woman Brittany Maynard Has Ended Her Own Life.

Brittany Maynard, who became the public face of the controversial right-to-die movement over the last few weeks, ended her own life Saturday at her home in Portland, Oregon. She was 29.

"Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more," she wrote on Facebook. "The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type … Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!"

Before she died, Maynard asked her husband and her mother if they would carry on the work she started to get death with dignity passed in every state.

"I want to work on the cause," Ziegler told PEOPLE last month. "I have so much admiration for people who are terminally ill and just fight and fight. They are so dignified and brave. This is a different choice, but it is also brave and dignified."


http://www.people.com/article/brittany-maynard-died-terminal-brain-cancer


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Post  DHF on Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:05 pm

Terminally ill 'death with dignity' advocate dies


http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ceca35ec973b4581a52172ca54ad9c59/terminally-ill-death-dignity-advocate-dies

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