(PIX11) — Brittany Maynard, who is terminally ill, captured headlines across the nation when she announced she will be choosing to end her life November 1.
The 29-year-old was diagnosed with Gliobastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer, and given just 14 months to live.
She was told by doctors that her death would likely be slow and painful.
Maynard decided she will end her life November 1, 2 days after her husband’s birthday. She and her family moved to Oregon, one of the few states in the U.S. with a “Death with Dignity Act.”
She told People that she will dissolve 100 capsules of secobarbital in water and drink it, ending her life in a “peaceful and painless” way.
As the day draws closer, Maynard has offered an update on her website:
“This journey has been challenging, to say the least. We’ve uprooted our lives. I take prescription drugs to reduce the swelling in my brain, that have caused my entire body to swell instead. Dan and I have given up our dreams of having a family. My mother is soon to lose her only child. We can all agree that no parent should bury their child.
I didn’t launch this campaign because I wanted attention; in fact, it’s hard for me to process it all. I did this because I want to see a world where everyone has access to death with dignity, as I have had. My journey is easier because of this choice.
I am so lucky to have known the love of an amazing husband (my husband Dan is a hero), a loving, caring mother, and an incredible group of friends and extended family. As my time draws closer, I hope you will all take up my request to carry on this work, and support them as they carry on my legacy. I’m so grateful to you all.”