The Right TO Die
I just read on Fox News again about how a 29 year old woman had decided the date when she will die.
Brittany Maynard is only 29 yrs old and just been married over a year. They were planning a family but after their marriage she started to experience sever and debilitating headaches so she went for a check up. She was diagnosed with brain tumor early 2014 and the doctor gave her 10 years to live. She had an operation a partial craniotomy and a partial resection of the temporal lobe . Both surgeries were done to stop the growth of her tumor and she had them done 9 days after she was diagnosed, after so many research and consultation .
In April she found out her tumor returned and was more deadly than the first which was grade II Astrocytoma or a severe brain tumor. She progressed to glioblastoma multiforme , the deadliest form of cancer with an average life expectancy of 14 months but she was given only 6 months.
She was told that death would be painful and slow and radiation was recommended. But when she found out that the radiation will not prolong her life but make her ill and bed ridden and more hospital stay she decided against it, along with her husband and family.
She did not want her family or herself to suffer so she researched about "death with dignity" and found there were 5 States in the US that allows it and Oregon was closest to California where they lived. So they transferred and had to find physicians, change almost everything to get residency . It was just lucky for her that their family has the resources to do all that. The "Death with Dignity Act" allows a person who is terminally ill to be able to end their life. It is an end-of-life option for the mentally competent, terminally ill patients with a prognosis of six months or less to live. It would enable the use of medical practice of aid in dying. They could request and receive a prescription from a physician for medication that they could self-ingest to end the dying process if it becomes unbearable. She qualified .
She has the medication on hand kept in a safe place where everyone knows where it is. She said having it on hand makes her feel calmer. If ever she changes her mind she won't take it. Just knowing she has a choice makes her feel better and at peace.
Her plan is to celebrate her husband's birthday on Oct. 26 and if no improvement in her health, she plans to die on Nov. 1 with her family, husband and a very close friend with her.
For me I think that is good because why suffer more when you know their is no cure. Just to be given a choice can make you feel at peace .
While she was still able to she went around and went to places she has not gone to. Her last wish is to see the Grand Canyon before her husband's birthday. It is painful for the family but they respect her wishes.
Maynard plans to raise the awareness of end-of-life rights by working with life-rights advocacy organization Compassion & Choices and The Brittany Maynard Fund to help those who may need financial help.
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