In just three days, terminally ill cancer patient, Brittany Maynard plans to kill herself under Oregon’s assisted suicide law. But, in a new interview, Maynard indicated she may not take her life after all.
Oregon is one of five states, along with New Mexico, Montana, Washington , and Vermont, that allow assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act passed in 1997 and has allowed for 1,173 prescriptions, with 752 deaths resulting from access of the medication.
Brittany plans to take the lethal pill on November 1st to end her own life. After suffering from severe headaches, Brittany Maynard found out she had stage II glioblastoma multiforme and had up to ten years to live. However, after she had surgery, doctors found out that she had the most deadly form of brain cancer, stage IV glioblastoma multiforme. The cancer usually kills its victims in a matter of months.
After her diagnosis, Brittany decided that she wanted to move from her California home to Oregon so that she could have access to the “death with dignity” prescription. She plans to die in her home surrounded by her mother, stepfather, husband and best friend.
However, in a new interview with CBS News, Maynard said she now wants to see how the disease progresses.
Before her planned death, she wanted to visit the Grand Canyon with her family. On October 24th, five days before she reportedly plans to take her own life, she visited the Grand Canyon and wrote the following on her website:
“This week, my family and I traveled to the Grand Canyon, thanks to the kindness of Americans around the country who came forward to make my “bucket list” dream come true. The Canyon was breathtakingly beautiful, and I was able to enjoy my time with the two things I love most: my family and nature.
Written by Sarah Zagorski, StevenErtelt
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