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Brittany Maynard, 29, talks about giving up on dreams as death ‘draws closer’

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Brittany Maynard, the woman who has chosen Nov. 1 as the day she will die, recently spoke to People and wrote a blog post expressing appreciation for the support she has received over the past few weeks.

maynardandhusbandAfter her wedding in 2013, the 29-year-old began experiencing debilitating headaches.

While vacationing with her husband in January, Brittany was diagnosed with grade II Astrocytoma, a severe brain tumor.

After the diagnosis, doctors said her cancer had progressed to Glioblastoma multiforme, the deadliest form of brain cancer. The average life expectancy is only 14 months.

When doctors told Brittany her death would likely be slow and painful as the tumor continued to grow, she opted to choose her own ending.

On November 1 -- only two days after her husband's birthday -- surrounded by her husband, mother and best friend, Brittany will end her life using medication prescribed by her doctor.

Courtesy: Brittany Maynard

Courtesy: Brittany Maynard

She recently told People she will pull apart 100 capsules of the sedative secobarbital, dissolve them in water, and drink it.

"I don't want to die but I am dying," Maynard tells PEOPLE in a new interview. "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 over my own mind, which I would stand to lose – to go with dignity is less terrifying."

Maynard will not speak again publicly as she "heads into her final weeks," her representative said on Monday.  She also posted an update on her blog earlier this month:

"The response from you all has surpassed our wildest expectations. On behalf of my family, thank you for the outpouring of love and support.

This journey has been challenging, to say the least. We've uprooted our lives. I take prescription drugs to reduce the swelling in my brain, that have caused my entire body to swell instead. Dan and I have given up our dreams of having a family. My mother is soon to lose her only child. We can all agree that no parent should bury their child.

I didn't launch this campaign because I wanted attention; in fact, it's hard for me to process it all. I did this because I want to see a world where everyone has access to death with dignity, as I have had. My journey is easier because of this choice.

I am so lucky to have known the love of an amazing husband (my husband Dan is a hero), a loving, caring mother, and an incredible group of friends and extended family. As my time draws closer, I hope you will all take up my request to carry on this work, and support them as they carry on my legacy. I'm so grateful to you all."

64 comments

  • Paula

    Why can’t she wait on God. God gave her life and he should be the one that take it. It is sucide. Sometime doctors don’t know everything.

    • tina

      I don’t blame her.what kind of life would that be to be in constant pain.I hope she and the family areare always mentioned in my prayers.and I don’t think god would want her to suffer for so long.

    • Paul

      It is absolutely tasteless, appalling and and deprived of any trace of empathy and moral to actually believe that a human should bee conditioned to suffer without a choice – for what? Because you yourself make rules that belong in the medieval times with your sadistic god! How dare you tell people in the most unthinkable pain, that is beyond your little comprehension, that they should endure it. Just go away!

  • Sally

    Brittany
    Have you thought about freezing some if your eggs to later have your husband fertilize and a donor growing your baby in order for your life to live on through a child and grandchild.
    Now that would be an unselfish act and a priceless gift

  • JC's comrad

    Cancer is a terrible disease but belief in God not belief in what doctor tell you could have been foremost. Also, there are cases of individuals beating even this very deadly type of cancer which struck this young woman.. I feel so sad that she apparently has so much trust in the docs “knowing” she will soon die and thus NONE in the Lord. Certainly medicines can keep her comfortable so pain is not the issue re her decision to terminate her own life; rather she wants to avoid being/feeling “undignified” if others were to attend to her needs, she has “rationally” chosen so-called “death with dignified.” Yes, suicide and while in ones is in their right mind is a very dignified act. I keep her in prayer.

  • Ms. Richmond

    Bo and carol if there is no God who woke you up this morning? I guess both of you is dumb enough to think it was the alarm clock. Since either one of you believe there a God do you believe there is a hell. You will find out because hell is full of people like you one that don’t believe in a higher power. I expect that from your kind

    • tina

      I agree!good luck,its no one’s life but your own.you are living it.I would like to see what people would do in your shoes so easy to sit back,and criticize,especially when this was a tough decision.

  • Emmitt Smith

    Does anyone know if Brittany has commented on how Duke Univ has had success using polio virus to kill the glioblastoma tumor?

  • Kristina

    100% agree. Taking your own life is Wrong. Such a sad story:( “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that who ever believes in him shall not parish but have everlasting life” -John 3:16

  • Jeremy

    Brave? This is a cowards move and she should be ashamed of herself. She is only thinking of herself and nobody else. She does not believe in God and will only know upon her death of the mistake she made. No matter how you slice it, THIS IS SUICIDE! This is not compassion, this is not caring, this is selfish life taking on the premise of saving yourself some pain. Think of it this way, childbirth will cause you pain and there is a possibility that you could die as a result. Does that mean you should just not try or even worse have them drug you until death so you do not feel the pain? Living IS pain and dying is a part of life. But dying is not your choice, it is God’s choice. Think about what you will be leaving undone by taking your own life before it is your time.

  • Franky Caldarella

    I know the medicine that is supposed to cheer and kill the cancer and terminally ill people, it shrinks all the tumors and you have to call for the book. The book is $10 and the number is
    1 888–998-8613. Asketo speak to an English-speaking person and they will direct you as to what to do good luck and God bless

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