Brittany Maynard, who became the public face of the controversial right-to-die movement over the last few weeks, ended her own life Saturday (Nov 1st 2014) 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!”
Doctors told Maynard she had six months to live last spring after she was diagnosed with a likely stage 4 Glioblastoma. She made headlines around the world when she announced she intended to die – under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act– by taking a fatal dose of barbiturates, prescribed to her by a doctor, when her suffering became too great.
“My Glioblastoma is going to kill me and that’s out of my control,” she told PEOPLE last month. “I’ve discussed with many experts how I would die from it and it’s a terrible, terrible way to die. So being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying.”
She said she began thinking about death with dignity in January – when she was first diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor – after coming across an article on it while researching possible treatments.
“Really, from the beginning, all the doctors said when you have a glioma you’re going to die,” she told PEOPLE.
“You can just Google it. People don’t survive this disease. Not yet.”
Thats when she decided to take her own life to avert the health complications and suffering associated with the disease. RIP Brittany