Terminally ill woman who plans to end her life checks last item off bucket list

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Brittany Maynard (third from left) and her family at the Grand Canyon (Courtesy: Brittany Maynard)

Brittany Maynard (third from left) and her family at the Grand Canyon (Courtesy: Brittany Maynard)

Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill woman who plans to take her own life November 1, has checked the last item off her bucket list.

She visited the Grand Canyon last week.

Brittany Maynard with husband Dan Diaz (Courtesy: Brittany Maynard)

Brittany Maynard with husband Dan Diaz
(Courtesy: Brittany Maynard)

“The Canyon was breathtakingly beautiful,” she wrote on her website, “and I was able to enjoy my time with the two things I love most: my family and nature.”

Photos showed her and her husband standing on the edge of the canyon, hugging and kissing.

But her cancer reasserted itself.

“Severe headaches and neck pain are never far away, and unfortunately the next morning I had my worst seizure thus far,” she wrote on her website. “My speech was paralyzed for quite a while after I regained consciousness, and the feeling of fatigue continued for the rest of the day.”

Maynard, 29, had been married a year when she discovered she had an aggressive brain cancer.

Last April, doctors said she had six months to live. She considered dying in a hospice, she wrote in an op-ed piece for CNN.

“I quickly decided that death with dignity was the best option for me and my family,” she wrote for CNN. “We had to uproot from California to Oregon, because Oregon is one of only five states where death with dignity is authorized.”

Maynard posted YouTube videos in which she and family members talked about her decision and supported an expansion of assisted suicide laws. She started an organization, Compassion and Choices, to promote that idea.

“My dream is that every terminally ill American has access to the choice to die on their own terms with dignity,” she wrote on her website.

10 comments

    • Nuclear Mike

      Again good for her!!!
      To still be able to finish her bucket list before the glioblastoma destroys her body functions. For all who have not ever had to watch someone else suffer death from glioblastoma then you cannot appreciate what this courageous woman is doing for herself and her Family.
      May your suffering end when you decide and may you journey well.

  • mike Willcutt

    Miss Maynard before you take your life give the liquid THC a chance have it injected into the cancer cells as well into your veins if this doesn’t work in two days do ten parts water to two parts chlorine it kills all cancer cells but is very dangerous if over done. I know your pain but there’s no dignity in taking your life ,THC is a proven cure for this as well take the ECB from the plant also, I plead to you to try these cures.

  • Nuclear Mike

    Again good for her!!!
    To still be able to finish her bucket list before the glioblastoma destroys her body functions. For all who have not ever had to watch someone else suffer death from glioblastoma then you cannot appreciate what this courageous woman is doing for herself and her Family.
    May your suffering end when you decide and may you journey well.

  • Debbie

    Please don’t take your life. If you haven’t gave your heart to God then get down on your knees and pray. People who take their own life can not enter the gates of heaven. I know your in pain but Gad will get you thru it. My mother is in stage 3 lung cancer at 75 yrs of age and she hasn’t given up. You shouldn’t either. Will pray for you.

  • Thunderball

    This amazing young woman is more courageous and spiritual than the whining religious nut jobs who are condemning her. She is blessed and at peace.

  • J.C.

    First and foremost i fail to see how this woman’s issues are newsworthy to begin with. I feel sympathy for her diagnosis, but there are other, more courageous people out there that fight everyday, with all they have, to hang on to this precious thing we call life. Life is tough all over. I am not judging this woman, she can chose to do what ever she wants. But lets not romanticize this, she is deciding to give up and quit. There is no such thing as dying with dignity. I really feel she has gotten enough attention, Here’s an idea, spend some more time on people who struggle each day to enjoy what little time they have left, instead of doing stories on a woman who has chosen to quit, and chosen to do it in a public way. Maybe i would feel differently if this woman was to the point where she could no longer enjoy life at all, but obviously she isn’t to that point yet as she has been busy completing her “bucket list”. Some how i don’t there would be any news stories if i decided life was just to hard and my future was just too dismal to face so i decided to set a date to kill myself. And i don’t want to hear how “Anyone who has had to watch someone suffer with …….” the facts are no matter how bad the disease is or how bad the symptoms are, the patient’s outlook and personality makes all the difference in the world on how they handle it. If a child can deal with brain cancer, chemo, radiation and all that goes with it and still be able to smile and crack jokes and truly enjoy life, anyone can.

    Just my two cents, oh and my God have mercy on her soul.

    • Angela Foley

      J.C.
      You fail to realize how newsworthy this beautiful woman’s story is. Her story deserves attention, as the right to end one’s terminally ill life is only legal is 5 states. That is a rare occurrence! You seem to fail to have a basic understanding of her illness. The seizure she just suffered on her trip to the Grand Canyon could have left her completely incapacitated and unable to speak, move, function. Her days with any degree of control over her body are severely limited. I wish her love, and admire her bravery, just as I admire the choices of ALL terminally ill. What makes her story newsworthy is she is choosing an option that so many terminally ill are not even given. And lastly, God already has mercy on her soul, and by the grace of God, He also forgives judgmental people too.

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