Brittany Maynard Terminally Ill Woman Ends Her Life On Her Terms

downloadBrittany Maynard ends her life.  Not sure how people feel about this but my feelings are that I respect her decision.  She was able to end her life with dignity and allot of people do not get that chance.

When you try everything and the Doctor says your going to die a painful death no matter what you do then why would it not be ok to end your life on your term?

I know there are allot of religions out there that are against it and I understand where they are coming from.  But I have to believe an all loving GOD would not want a person to suffer like that and hold it against them if they decided to not go through it.

I was thinking about what if this was me.  First I live in a state that does not allow this.  Brittany moved to Oregon which has a Death With Dignity Act and she could.  

I would not want to put my family through watching me die a slow agonizing death.  Not only that but the financial strain would be enormous and the worse what type of mental anguish that my family would go through.

I remember taking care of my mother for the last 10 years of her life.  I am not trying to compare my mother to Britney.  Mom suffered from congestive heart failure that could come up on her at any time.

I remember not sleeping at night and listening for her to snore but always scared that if I fell asleep that I would wake up and she would be gone or I wouldn’t catch that gargling sound when the congestive heard failure would come on.

I will never forget that sound.  But I can tell you that it took a toll on me.  But I would move Heaven and Earth for my mother.

I am not sure that death is easier either because although I lived knowing it could come for her at any time we were able to skirt it for 10 years.  But in those 10 years my mother could do no more then just sit in her chair and watch TV.  Going to the store, Driving, Visiting Friends, Bowling and he other things she loved to do were no more.

She had to sit in a chair and not really move.  What type of life is that and I wouldn’t want to burden my family if something serious happened to me.  Death isn’t easy but leaving them in the best possible situation would be what I would strive for too.

Brittany in my opinion had it right.  She went out the way she wanted to.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Britney’s family and my hope is that they can lead the fight to get the Death With Dignity Act approved in all states.

Below is the article from Fox News.

Brittany Maynard ends her life The Fox News Report

A terminally ill woman who had decided to end her life after being told her illness would be long and painful has died, advocacy organization Compassion & Choices has confirmed.

Brittany Maynard, 29, who moved to Oregon, where the “Death with Dignity Act” allows people to choose to die using medication, was diagnosed with a progressive brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme. The average life expectancy is 14 months.

Compassion & Choices said in a statement that Maynard took lethal drugs prescribed by a doctor on Saturday and was surrounded by her family.

“She died as she intended— peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved ones,” the statement said.

The group said the Maynard family has asked for privacy. The family did not release a separate statement confirming the death.

Her story went viral after she posted a video on her website, The Brittany Maynard Fund, explaining her decision to end her life rather than try to fight the disease.

“If all my dreams came true, I would somehow survive this,” she said in a video. “But I likely won’t.”

Maynard chose Nov. 1 to die, but later said she may postpone the date because she still shared enough joy and laughter with her family and friends that “it doesn’t seem like the right time right now, but it will come because I feel myself getting sicker; it’s happening each week.”

Maynard’s last days were spent completing a bucket list that included a trip to the Grand Canyon, and surrounding herself with her family.

The California native said she was taking walks with her family and husband, which “give her the greatest feelings of health I have these days.”

In a recorded video, Maynard said the worst thing that could happen to her— the most terrifying aspect— would be to wait too long and her autonomy be taken away by the disease.

About a week before she filmed her last video, Maynard had her most terrifying set of seizures, two in a day, which is unusual.

“Sadly, it is impossible to forget my cancer. Severe headaches and neck pain are never far away, and unfortunately the next morning I had my worst seizure thus far. 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 said on her website.

“I remember looking at my husband’s face and  thinking,‘I know this is my husband but I can’t say his name,’ and ended up going to the hospital for that one.”

Dan, her husband, said they were taking things one day at a time. Doctors made the devastating diagnosis shortly after the couple’s wedding last year.

“You take away all the material stuff, all the nonsense we seem to latch on to as a society and you realize that those moments are really what matter,” he said.

Maynard said she has gained 25 pounds in the past three months because of her prescription medications and that she finds it hard to look at herself in photos or the mirror because her body has become so unrecognizable.

Since Maynard’s story went viral, she has been working to raise awareness of end-of-life rights by working with Compassion & Choices, and The Brittany Maynard Fund.

Oregon was the first U.S. state to make it legal for a doctor to prescribe a life-ending drug to a terminally ill patient of sound mind who makes the request. The patient must swallow the drug without help; it is illegal for a doctor to administer it.

More than 750 people in Oregon used the law to die as of Dec. 31, 2013. The median age of the deceased is 71. Only six were younger than 35.

The state does not track how many terminally ill people move to Oregon to die. A patient must prove to a doctor that they are living in Oregon. Some examples of documentation include a rental agreement, a voter registration card or a driver’s license.

Oregon voters approved the Oregon law 1994, then reaffirmed it with 60 percent of the vote in 1997.

Four other states— Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico— allow patients to seek aid in dying.

The Associated Press contributed to this report and Fox News

Brittany Maynard Conclusion:

Brittany did what she felt was right for her and her family.  It took tremendous courage to end her life.  But as I said earlier she did it on her terms which I respect the hell out of.

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