‘As my time draws closer’: Terminally ill woman gives update 12 days before end of her life

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Brittany Maynard, the woman who has chosen Nov. 1 as the day she will die, is giving an update on how’s doing.

Shortly after her wedding in 2013, the 29-year-old 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.

(Courtesy: Brittany Maynard)

(Courtesy: Brittany Maynard)

Then, after 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.

On November 1– two days after her husband’s birthday– surrounded by her husband, mother and best friend, she will end her life using medication prescribed by her doctor.

She told People she will pull apart 100 capsules of the sedative secobarbital, dissolve them in water, and drink it.

Maynard provided the following update on her website:

“The response from you all has surpassed our wildest expectations. On behalf of my family, thank you for the outpouring of love and support.

This journey has been challenging, to say the least. We’ve uprooted our lives. I take prescription drugs to reduce the swelling in my brain, that have caused my entire body to swell instead. Dan and I have given up our dreams of having a family. My mother is soon to lose her only child. We can all agree that no parent should bury their child.

I didn’t launch this campaign because I wanted attention; in fact, it’s hard for me to process it all. I did this because I want to see a world where everyone has access to death with dignity, as I have had. My journey is easier because of this choice.

I am so lucky to have known the love of an amazing husband (my husband Dan is a hero), a loving, caring mother, and an incredible group of friends and extended family. As my time draws closer, I hope you will all take up my request to carry on this work, and support them as they carry on my legacy. I’m so grateful to you all.”

Read more on Brittany here.

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6 comments

  • Theresa Ahearn

    what if she is wrong? Doctors aren’t always correct, there are many people who survive terminal illnesses and prove Dr’s wrong? Its scary to think she could be wrong, or might live longer than they think, I knew someone who a Dr told would be alive for a year and they’ll never walk again and their walking around and still hear, 5 years later to talk about it.

    • Brian

      Not everyone is so lucky, unfortunately. People cheat death all the time, but in her case, she suffers every moment that she is awake. At whwhat point does pain and suffering override quality of life?

      Death is one of those things that we rarely have any choice about. The inevitability is always there, but when and how we go is largely a mystery to us all. She knows she will die, likely sooner than she ever hoped. Her dreams have been severed, and her future is filled with slow, agonizing pain that will only grow as her body fails. It’s a sad fate. But this offers her a choice very few ever have. She has a freedom to let herself go, with loved ones and their support. Is there a chance she could survive? Maybe. But she has accepted the death she will most likely face, and rather than run from it, she’s gathered everyone together to stand at its door, united, and in control of her own end.

      In the end, death is death. It’s what we do with the time we have that truly shapes who we are and how the world sees us. To some, she will be a hero; an image of inspiration. To herself, she is opting out of a painful fate and not posing the burden to others. That’s how she sees it, and I think that’s pretty admirable.

      • Tricia

        Death is not death. She is trading a temporary suffering on earth with eternal suffering if she does not believe in the gospel of Christ.
        And if she does believe, what will she say when she meets her Maker in the moments after she takes her life?
        I pray she does not go through with this, and instead discover that God is able to take her through this painful journey and give her peace at the end of her natural life.

  • Maria Rosal

    On 2007 we were told by doctors my mother in law had two more years to live because of advance Congestive Heart Failure. She is still alive today. She is 6 month short of her 100th birthday! Please don’t loose hope and pray. My mother RIP use to say : “Do not lose your faith, always pray because as longer there is life there is hope.” Maybe in a few months a cure will be found.
    There is lots of data in the wonders of Turmeric. http://www.naturalnews.com/047325_turmeric_brain_neuronal_growth.html?utm_content=buffere6f19&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  • John

    In no way is this dying with dignity. There is no dignity in just rolling over and giving up. There is no dignity in suicide, no matter what you want to call it.