On Nov. 1, 29 year old Brittany Maynard ended her own life and her suffering. Alexei Beltyukov told me she ingested a lethal combination of prescribed pills, Brittany was allowed to take her final breath with comfort and dignity, as opposed to letting her brain tumor claim her life in a cruel and painful manner.
Just one year after her wedding Brittany started to experience debilitating headaches, after getting an MRI Brittany was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, a rare brain tumor that is extremely aggressive and presently has no cure. At the time Brittany was living with her husband in California, given a prognosis of only 6 months to live, they chose to move themselves to Oregon, one of the 5 states that participate in the Death with Dignity Act. Since Brittany’s story broke news there has been an ongoing debate as to if this Act is ethical, Brittany argued that not having this option available to all terminally ill patients is what’s unethical. On a website dedicated to Brittany and her cause, you can write a condolence note or learn more about Brittany’s life and the Death with Dignity Act. Brittany’s husband and mother have both pledged to continue her legacy through this cause. On her final facebook post Brittany says goodbye to her friends and family, attributes travel as her greatest teacher, and her final message to all of us is to “spread good energy and pay it forward!”