Woman, 29, chooses to die two days after husband’s birthday

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Courtesy: Brittany Maynard

Courtesy: Brittany Maynard

PORTLAND, Ore. — A terminally ill 29-year-old woman has chosen November 1 as the day she will die.

Shortly after her wedding in 2013, Brittany Maynard began experiencing debilitating headaches.

While on vacation with her husband in January, Brittany was diagnosed with grade II Astrocytoma, a severe brain tumor. Doctors told her she had 10 years left to live.

“I have to tell you,” she says in the video, “when you’re 29 years old, being told you have that kind of timeline still feels like being told you’re going to die tomorrow.”

Following the original diagnosis, doctors said her cancer had progressed to Glioblastoma multiforme, the deadliest form of brain cancer. After treatment, 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.

Courtesy: Brittany Maynard

Courtesy: Brittany Maynard

On November 1, surrounded by her husband, mother and best friend, she will end her life using medication prescribed by her doctor.

Maynard’s husband’s birthday is October 30.

The medication will give her a “peaceful and painless” ending to her life. However, Brittany said this is not a suicide.

“There is not a cell in my body that is suicidal or that wants to die,” Maynard told People.com. “I want to live. I wish there was a cure for my disease but there’s not. … Being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying.”

Maynard’s family moved with her to Oregon earlier this year so she would have access to Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act,” which has allowed over 750 people to die using medication since 1997.

Life-rights advocacy organization Compassion & Choices and The Brittany Maynard Fund will provide Brittany a platform to share her story and bring attention to the end-of-life rights.

According to Compassion & Choices, Brittany will spend her last days fighting for others’ rights to end their lives.


  • Gerald

    Hi Brittany,

    My name is Gerald. I was diagnosed with a horrible auto-immune disease a few years ago, but I want to talk about you! You can still beat this RUN FROM THOSE CHEMO PIMPS, as fast as you can! My mother died of cancer and survived it once and then they told her that she needed more chemo I advised against it. This is not BS this is the truth! Rick Simpson has saved many peoples lives and is not a Dr. He however understands the powerful effects of cannabis treatment. Please I have seen people way worse BEAT, BRAIN, LUNG, SKIN, cancer etc etc…. This is real this is SCIENCE and if you believe in GOD it’s in the bible too, Genesis “I give unto the ALL the green herb bearing seeds”! Please at least go to this link and watch his Documentary on YouTube Rick Simpson
    No one wants you to die so don’t! Start a family, that’s what GOD wants and you want!

    • Science

      Please stop. This is not the place for your miracle cure.
      “Horrible autoimmune disease,” noticibly unspecific, is not glioblastima. You have no idea how much your ignorance is showing.
      People with life threatening and life ending illnesses are bombarded by “The Next Miracle Cure!!” constantly.
      Respect her decision. Take from the article that Death with Dignity should be an option. That’s the point of it.

  • Linda

    Brittnay you are a very brave and beautiful person. I wish you and your family much Peace and Love. You will not be forgotten and I hope that your memory will fill your loved ones with joy and laughter. Many Blessings.

  • Debra Payad

    My Dear Brittnay, you are one beautiful person that will never be forgotten by anyone. I wish you peace and joy in Heaven God is getting another beautiful Angel. God bless your Mom and Husband, Prayers being sent there way. Go In peace Beautiful Brittnay. Thank you for that beautiful video you are right live today dont worry aboout tommorrow.

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