The woman, who captivated the hearts of many around the world over her planned suicide, has decided to postpone taking her life. The 29-year-old woman with a terminal diagnosis of brain cancer made plans to end her life through assisted-suicide on November 1. However, Brittany Maynard announced that her scheduled day to die may not occur, according to a People report.
Brittany suddenly had a change of heart, so it seems, and the original date she marked to end her passing, is no longer etched in stone. The terminally-ill brain cancer sufferer released a new 6-minute video as part of the Brittany Fund via Compassion and Choices, an end-of-life advocacy group.
“So if November 2nd comes along and I’ve passed, I hope my family is still proud of me and the choices I made. And if November 2nd comes along and I’m still alive, I know that we’ll just still be moving forward as a family, like, out of love for each other and that that decision will come later. I can always change my mind if something comes up but right now that’s the plan I’ve made with my family.”
Maynard has plans to die with dignity because she fears the increasing seizures from brain cancer will render her incapable of taking care of herself, and even knowing who her family members are. At the beginning of the month, her husband, Dan Diaz, 43, said that he doesn’t expect his wife to end her life is she wakes up “feeling good.”
Diaz said that counselors agreed that the date to die was simply something to target, a goal, so to speak. But as Maynard indicated, it could change as her condition and other factors changed.
Brittany’s mother, Debbie Ziegler, 56, spoke candidly about her daughter’s assisted-suicide plans. As strong as a mother’s love is for their only child, she realized that Maynard’s wishes far exceed her own.
“It’s not my job to tell he how to live. And it’s not my job to tell her how to die. It’s my job to love her through it.
“[I’ve told her] no matter which way you want to do this – and the choice is yours all the time – if you want me to bathe you and feed you and go the long way, I will do that.
“If you want me to be by your side and do death with dignity, I will do that. It is an honor to be with her in her last days no matter what they’re like. I mean that with all my heart. Either way.”
Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act allows the terminally-ill to make informed decisions without bureaucratic intervention. The controversial law allows a person facing a terminal illness to receive pain medication to ease discomfort when it becomes unbearable. Furthermore, the act legally assists a person with dying on their own terms and in the presence of loved ones. As of this writing, assisted-suicide is only legal in only four other states (Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico).
Brittany expressed optimism about surviving her terminal illness, but admits the brain cancer disease is causing her body and mental capacity to change. Luckily, she is surrounded by a strong support system that is not judging her decision-making, as difficult as it may be. Maynard wishes that others who are experiencing end of life issues can use assisted-suicide as a means of transitioning peacefully.