Cancer patient choosing to end her own life sparks debate nation wide

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(PIX11) -- The video is well produced and delivers a devastating message.

Brittany Maynard is just 29 years old with terminal, stage 4 brain cancer.

Maynard made the move from San Francisco to Oregon to end her life when the pain becomes too much too take.

Earlier this year, doctors told her she had about six months to live.

“I hope to enjoy however many days in have left on this beautiful earth, and spend as much of it outside, as in can surrounded by those in love,” said Maynard.

Assisted suicide is legal in Oregon and Brittany says she has already chosen a date -- November first -- two days after her husband’s birthday, to take a lethal dose of prescription drugs.

“I know it’s there when in need it. I plan to be surrounded by my immediate family, which is my husband, and my mother, and my stepfather, and my best friend, who’s also a physician. I will die upstairs, in my bedroom that in share with my husband,” said Maynard.

Brittany’s story is indeed tragic and her decision -- because of the state she lives in -- is legal.

But Arthur Caplan, director of the Medical Ethics Division at NYU Langone Medical Center, tells PIX11 he questions the attention Brittany has brought upon a very personal decision.

"If she chooses to [commit] her life, the remaining part of it, to advancing the cause of assisted dying and make it legal, I think that's very noble on her part to do that. I'm a little troubled by the announcement of any specific date or time period for her to die. She's putting pressure on herself, there is kind of a coercion. The media is going to be paying attention, the family is going to be paying attention, Twitter is going to be paying attention, social media. That aspect, I don't like,” said Caplan.

Brittany, who recorded the video in a partnership with the non-profit organization Compassion & Choices, says she simply wants to die in peace.

“I can tell you the amount of relief that it provides me to know that I don’t have to die the way that it’s been described to me, that my brain tumor would take me on its own,” said Maynard.

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