Her name is Brittany Maynard, she’s climbed mountains and has also ran several half marathons.
On November 1st, she is choosing to end her own life.
Maynard has stage 4 GLIOBLASTOMA, A malignant brain tumor. There is no cure and, in April, she was given six months to live.
She’s choosing to end her own life with medication that was given to her by her doctor, and says her decision doesn’t make it a suicide.
She told PEOPLE Magazine:
“There is not a cell in my body that is suicidal or that wants to die, I want to live. I wish there was a cure for my disease but there’s not.”
She’s launched a video campaign for the nonprofit organization called COMPASSION & CHOICES, an end-of-life choice advocacy organization.
She will spend her last few weeks fighting for expanding death-with-dignity laws nationwide.
She went on to tell PEOPLE:
“My GLIOBLASTOMA is going to kill me, and that’s out of my control, 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.”
She said that she chose the date of November 1st because it’s 2 days after her husband’s birthday:
“I really wanted to celebrate my husband’s birthday, which is October 30,” she says. “I’m getting sicker, dealing with more pain and seizures and difficulties so I just selected it.”
According to PEOPLE:
Maynard and her entire family moved to Portland after her diagnosis in order to have access to Oregon’s Death and Dignity Act. The law has been in place in Portland since 1997 and more than 750 people have reportedly used it to legally choose death by prescription medication.