Here’s the follow-up to a blog I wrote last month KILLING YOURSELF (FOR A GOOD REASON)
Brittany Maynard, the 29-year old woman who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and made national news with her public declaration of her intent to commit suicide on November 1st. She moved to Oregon, a state which has a law called Death with Dignity, which allows doctors to prescribe “life-ending medication” to certain terminally ill patients. She chose the date because it was one day after her husband’s birthday, and she wanted to celebrate one last birthday with him, and wanted to go before her suffering got too bad. According to articles I’ve read it does say that in the last few days she had suffered several painful seizures which would leave her partially paralyzed, so she had to make she did this while she still had the motor-functions to be able to do this herself. And on Saturday, she took her life, in bed surround by her husband and parents.
Like I said before, I fully support her decision and am glad she had the courage to do this. And, yes, COURAGEOUS, is exactly how I’d describe her. I know some may disagree, and feel that suicide is the “easy way out.” I know others have sincere religious beliefs that would prohibit this act. But I believe that this was her right to choose the best option for her. I believe that all people should have this right to die with dignity.
REST IN PEACE.