PORTLAND, Ore. – After a 29-year-old woman chose to end her life while fighting a terrible disease, her family is celebrating her cause on what would have been a day of celebration.
On Nov. 19, 2014, Brittany Maynard would have turned 30-years-old.
After marrying the love of her life, Maynard began having severe headaches that wouldn’t go away.
While on vacation in January, she finally heard back from her physician and the news wasn’t what she expected.
Her doctor told her she was suffering from a brain tumor and would only have another 10 years to live.
The thought of dying in 10 years is terrifying for most people.
However, the news became worse.
The cancer progressed to the deadliest and most aggressive form, meaning she would only have 14 months to live while undergoing an extensive treatment.
Doctors told the 29-year-old that her death would be slow and painful.
She would eventually lose her ability to speak and to move.
Maynard decided to ‘Die with Dignity’ and choose when she would end her life.
Earlier this month, Maynard took a pill that ended her life.
“Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more,” Maynard wrote on Facebook. “The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type … Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!”
Now, her family and supporters are continuing her cause.
They say they are working to try and get ‘Death with Dignity’ laws approved in other states around the country.
“My dream is that every terminally ill American has access to the choice to die on their own terms with dignity,” she wrote on her website.