On New Year’s Day 2014, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with a terminal form of brain cancer. After announcing that she would end her life on her own terms, Brittany quickly gained notoriety as an advocate for the Death with Dignity movement. On Saturday, November 2, she decided to follow through with her decision to die peacefully.
“Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more,” she wrote on Facebook.
“The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type … Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!”
Brittany completed the act at her Portland, Oregon home while surrounded by family and friends. She did so using prescription drugs.
“My glioblastoma is going to kill me, and that’s out of my control,” she told People magazine before her death. “I’ve discussed with many experts how I would die from it, and it’s a terrible, terrible way to die. So being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying.”
Prior to taking her life, the 29-year-old relocated with her husband, mother and step-father from California to Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal.