Woman writes powerful letter to Brittany Maynard, asks her to ‘choose life’

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A woman in Bristol, Conn., has a message for Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old Oregon woman whose decision to end her own life has gone viral: “Please don’t leave us yet.”

Maggie Karner released a video on Wednesday in which she reads a letter she wrote to Brittany.

Maynard had been married a year when she discovered she had an aggressive brain cancer. Last April, doctors told her she had six months to live.

“Honestly, I really do get it,” Karner writes. “Brain cancer sucks in a really big way. It’s a beast that lurks and prowls… but you know what? Death sucks, too. It rips us from the people and the passions that we love the most.”

(Courtesy: Brittany Maynard)

(Courtesy: Brittany Maynard)

Maynard posted YouTube videos in which she and family members talked about her decision and supported an expansion of assisted suicide laws. She started an organization, Compassion and Choices, to promote that idea.

Karner has also been diagnosed with stage IV glioblastoma multiforme, but she says she is choosing life.

“When Robin Williams took his own life, the world lost some of its beauty and joy that day. Brittany, if you take your own life, the world will lose some of its beauty again.”

Karner talks about the millions of people who are following Maynard’s story from across the country: “No one is judging but people are watching.”

On the same day Karner released her video, Maynard announced she was giving herself more time.

“I still feel good enough and I still have enough joy and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn’t seem like the right time right now,” Maynard says in a video released to CNN on Wednesday. “But it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker.Brittany Maynard It’s happening each week.”

For now, it appears Maynard has heard Karner’s message.

“Please don’t leave us yet. Let’s choose life for as long as we’ve got.”

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5 comments

  • A. RAMOS

    THIS IS SUCH A TOUCHING STORY! I WISH I COULD MEET THESE PEOPLE. I SEEN MY GRANDFATHER BATTLE CANCER NOT BRAIN CANCER. HE HAD PROSTATE,BLADDER, BONE CANCER. AND CHERISHING EACH DAY WITH HIM UNTIL HE WENT INTO A COMMA AND DIDNT GET TO TELL HIM MY LAST WORDS HURT. THERE SO MUCH BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD AND NICE PEOPLE AND THEY HAVE TO GO THREW LIFE SUFFERING. MY GOD BLESS YOU BOTH! AND IM GLAD SOMEONE CAME OUT AND SPOKE ABOUT THEM BATTLING THE SAME CANCER AND TELL HER TO LIVE EACH DAY UNTIL GOD CALLS YOU HOME. THEY ALWAYS SAY THE GOOD GOES EARLY! ITS TURE. BUT ITS SO SAD TO LET ARE LOVE ONES GO. WE CHERISH ARE MEMORIES WE SHARED BUT NEVER COULD TALK OR SEE THEM AT THE END. MAY GOD BLESS YOU BOTH AND YOUR FAMILY’S!!

  • Carrie

    I like how the comments are closed for today’s article about Brittany delaying her suicide. I guess she (and her family) can’t stand the heat. Perhaps they should keep this mess to themselves instead of trying to get publicity. It’s sickening.

  • Kristin Anderson

    We are still praying for you! Hang on as long as you can- and then let those who love you so much hold you up. Feel the love and prayers of a whole country, a whole world…

  • Alicekay

    The people posting comments about Brittany doing this to gain attention are wrong and incredibly incentive. I watched my mom die nine month’s ago from colon cancer.The lasts months are hell and the last weeks are beyond hell. She is dying , nothing is going to save her and yet people really think that she is looking for 15 minutes of fame ????? Fame is the LAST thing that she is looking for. Get over yourselves !!

  • Mary Shuda

    Maggie Karner… You have such a beautiful heart !!! I will surely pray for your Peace, your Happiness and your LIFE. God Bless you !!