At age 29, Brittany Maynard has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, traveled around the world and just married the man she loves. And now she's chosen to die on Nov. 1.
After getting married, Maynard sought help in January for increasingly intense headaches. In April she was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, the deadliest of all brain cancers in a very advanced stage.
Her doctors gave her 6 months to live, and said her death would be slow and very painful.
"My glioblastoma is going to kill me, and that's out of my control," she told People magazine. "I've discussed with many experts how I would die from it, and it's a terrible, terrible way to die. Being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying."
After her diagnosis and decision to end her life. Maynard moved from San Francisco to Oregon, which allows doctors to provide euthanasia services for the terminally ill. On Monday she plans to launch a publicity campaign with the nonprofit Compassion & Choices, explaining her decision and to fight for an expansion of death-with-dignity laws in the United States.
She chose Nov. 1 so she could celebrate her husband's birthday on Oct. 30.
When Maynard passes on Nov. 1, she will do so in the bedroom she shares with her husband. By her side will be her mother, stepfather, husband and best friend (who is also a physician)