Brittany Maynard ticks off last item on bucket list before choosing to die

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Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill woman who plans to take her own life, has checked the last item off her bucket list.

She visited the Grand Canyon last week.

“The Canyon was breathtakingly beautiful,” she wrote on her website, “and I was able to enjoy my time with the two things I love most: my family and nature.”

Photos showed her and her husband standing on the edge of the canyon, hugging and kissing.

But her cancer reasserted itself.

“Severe headaches and neck pain are never far away, and unfortunately the next morning I had my worst seizure thus far,” she wrote on her website. “My speech was paralyzed for quite a while after I regained consciousness, and the feeling of fatigue continued for the rest of the day.”

Maynard, 29, had been married a year when she discovered she had an aggressive brain cancer.

Last April, doctors said she had six months to live. She considered dying in a hospice, she wrote in an op-ed piece for CNN.

“I quickly decided that death with dignity was the best option for me and my family,” she wrote for CNN. “We had to uproot from California to Oregon, because Oregon is one of only five states where death with dignity is authorized.”

Maynard posted YouTube videos in which she and family members talked about her decision and supported an expansion of assisted suicide laws.

“My dream is that every terminally ill American has access to the choice to die on their own terms with dignity,” she wrote on her website.

For more on Brittany Maynard’s story, click here.

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20 comments

  • A. RAMOS

    MY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, THREW THESE HARDEST DAYS! SUCH WONDERFULL PEOPLE THAT BATTLE ANY TYPE OF CANCER HAVE TO GO THREW THIS! MY GRANDFATHER PASSED AWAY LAST YR FROM CANCER IT WAS HARD SEEING HIM SUFFER IN PAIN. MAY GOD BLESS YOU. JUST BY READING YOUR STORY AND WATCHING THE VIDEO IT TOUCHED ME.

  • Tom

    Having the right to die on your own terms when facing a terminal illness should belong to everyone. I hope she finds peace and enjoys her final days.

  • Bel jordan

    It’s god’s choice when he takes you – his son suffered for us ! It’s written in the bible not to take life ! I fear your fate

    • Heather

      Not everyone believes in God. you can’t just impose something like that on someone. I don’t believe in God. If I’m ever terminally ill, I want the choice to die with dignity also. I wouldn’t want to wait around for my body to continue deteriorating and shut itself down. I’d rather die comfortably.

    • Tammy

      I agree with Bel, if her time was up god would have taken her already. There is still a purpose for her on this earth. I am not one to judge on who has the most pain but she can be an inspiration for somebody. Choosing to end your own life isn’t the most courageous and inspiring thing to do. She just needs lots of prayer and then maybe she will think twice about what she is doing.God can work miracles.

      • Hubert Fartwaffles

        I have no problem with people of faith offering prayers of hope and religious well-wishings until they do what you’ve just done: make sweeping generalizations about how other people should live their life, tell people they’re wrong because you have some magical and exclusive insight into what some omnipotent being in the sky has planned for the human race. It is a sick, self-indulgent, twisted delusion you’re living; keep it to yourself.

    • Charles

      Believe in something that you’ve never seen, felt or heard from? You fools follow a fictional book written by a man. Live your own life and not others.

      • simone

        Can you see the wind no but we can feel it. I can’t see God but I know He’s real…I’ve proven him many times. Brittany it’s for God to decide weather you die or not don’t take your life. What your going through many has gone through it before and are here we’ll and very much alive with there testimony.sometimes God puts us through situation like this to help others when we overcome with the help of God. God is able to do more than we can ask think or imagine.

    • Debby

      You are the reason my daughter is having a tough time believing in God. I believe in God but I taught my daughter that judging is worse than not believing and then you call yourself a Christian and you judge. Your job is to share the word, not criticize a woman in her final days of living on this earth. All she needs from Christians and non Christians is love, just simple love. I fear your fate just like you fear Brittney’s fate.

      • davemcnchs

        God is not interested in how you die. He is more interested in a personal relationship with you. I believe God loves you and your purpose in life is to care for others around you. His Grace is sufficient and your not in competition with anyone else. Hard for us to understand that in this cut throat world. Tell your daughter to seek God and not base her understanding on words or unloving church people. God wants to meet us right where we are in life.

  • Marlene

    My dear Brittany I am very sorry for your pain. I am concerned because you have not said anything about facing eternity. I am glad you have a very supportive and loving family here on earth; yet you can be sure about your eternity as well. There is a way to heaven and Jesus is the way. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, Jesus Christ, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). You can call on Him now where ever you are, He will answer you because He loves you. May God help you Brittany to make the right decision. I will pray for you. May God bless you and your family.

  • Tim

    Dear Brittany, I want to offer my sympathy to you as you endure this hardship. I’m glad you were able to experience the Grand Canyon. I hope it is a fond memory you and your family will cherish. Of course I can’t understand what you’re going through, but I think I can understand why you’ve chosen the course you’re on. Honestly, if I were in a similar situation, I’d probably do similarly. (I live in Colorado, New Mexico does have a DWD law). So, I’m not going to judge you for your decision. To do so, would be wrong and hypocritical of me. BUT, I’d like to please share something with you. How you pass from this life is no so important as what happens after. Brittany, there is a paradise for you! A place of peace, comfort, euphoria, and perfection beyond comprehention. Of course, it’s called Heaven. And your place there is a FREE gift, from the Lord! All you need do is ask for and accept it.
    But, since heaven is a perfect place, nothing imperfect can be allowed in. Problem is, we’re all imperfect. Me, you, Mother Terresa, Billy Graham and Osama BinLadin. We’re all sinners, and thus undeserving of Heaven. BUT, by accepting the gift of Salvation via Jesus Christ, those who accept Him can enter. It’s a gift you must accept. It can’t be bought, and can’t be earned. The choice is up to each of us. God doesn’t want to control us like robots which is why He gave us a free will. He will accept and respect your choice regardless. By accepting Him, we find Salvation. But sadly, those who do not do so end up in a place of darkness, turmoil, pain, and eternal separation from the god who always loved them.
    I don’t know what your spiritual perspective is. If you already know Christ as your Savior, you’ve nothing to fear. But, if not, I hope and plead with you to believe and pray the following: “Dear God, I know I’m a sinner and need Salvation in Christ. I repent and ask your forgiveness. I turn from my sins and turn to you now. Thank you Jesus for paying a debt I could never pay. In your name Lord, Amen”. Brittany, if you prayed that and really meant it, I welcome you to the Family of God! When you depart this broken world, you will enter eternity in paradise! I hope and look forward to meeting you one day in Heaven!
    Sincerely,
    -Tim, Westminster, CO

  • arubatom

    If as one poster stated, “It’s god’s choice when he takes you – his son suffered for us”, why do so many people in the world still suffer, such as Brittany is? She made a choice, which I applaud. It’s her life, she can make her decision without others trying to say its wrong, it doesn’t take much courage to take your own life, blah,blah,blah.

    • Aweb

      Not believing in God takes more Faith than believing in HIM. Have you ever seen a mother give birth? Have you witnessed a friend in a coma and pronounced dead being prayed over and now living his life with no brain damage at all. I’ve felt Gods presence and I personally know the changes he’s made in my life. There will always be suffering and he never promised there wouldn’t be but he did promise that one day there will be no suffering, no evil and no pain when you enter heaven! No one is forcing their beliefs on anyone but eternity is a very long time and how do you know there isn’t a God? I mean do you have proof? No one really does other than his written word. I would rather live my whole life believing there is a God and to die and find out there isn’t, then to live my entire life like there’s not a God then to die and find out there is!. There is HOPE for anyone who believes! Read 60 seconds in heaven, among many other accounts of people that have passed only to be revived. I pray for Brittany to have peace in whatever decision she makes but I think there is a much greater plan for her!

  • Greg

    Nobody knows what happens when we die and I do not want to judge anyone particularly not Brittany Maynard but just google for “gloria polo testimonial” and tell then how you feel after reading her story.
    As for the treatment – if doctors say something cannot be cured this only means they don’t know (yet) how to prevent or cure the desease they are dealing with.
    Dear Brittany, instead of giving up beat the enemy with common sense – as tumors can be compared to parasites starve them to death – Breuss treatment, for example works this way:
    “My wife has GBM IV diagnosed in January 2010. She went through surgery, radiation and 2 sessions of chemo. She was not responsive to the chemo, and they sent her home for palliative care. She did the full 42 days of treatment with freshly made juice (black radish can be found in health market stores). She improved a lot during the treatment, her dexamethazone was reduced from 24 mg/day to 3 mg/day, and she has minimum seizure medication (500 mg kepra/day).”
    Source: http://able2know.org/topic/165987-1

  • Carrie

    I think that Britany’s brain cancer has affected her thinking already. There’s a special place for people who commit suicide. Oops. It’s not suicide now is it, Brittany?