Soon after her wedding last year, Brittany Maynard, 29, started having debilitating headaches.
Then, while on vacation with her husband in January, Brittany got news she wasn’t expecting.
Brittany was diagnosed with grade II Astrocytoma, a severe brain tumor and was told she had 10 years to live, according to PEOPLE magazine.
Her cancer progressed to Glioblastoma multiforme, which is the deadliest form of brain cancer with a life expectancy of 14 months even with treatment.
Brittany said when doctors told her death would be slow and painful for her with the growing tumor, she chose a different path.
On November 1, Brittany will end her life using medication prescribed by her doctor.
She will be surrounded by her husband, mother, and best friend.
Maynard’s husband’s birthday is Oct. 30 and she wants to be able to celebrate his birthday with him.
Brittany says it’s a peaceful and painless way to die with dignity , and this is not a suicide.
“There is not a cell in my body that is suicidal or that wants to die,” she tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. “I want to live. I wish there was a cure for my disease but there’s not.”
Her entire family moved with her to Portland earlier this year so she could have access to Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, which has been in place since late 1997.
Brittany plans to spend her last days fighting for others’ rights to end their lives.