Brittany Maynard Dies With Dignity At Her Home (VIDEO)

Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill 29-year-old newlywed who became an advocate for death with dignity, made the decision to end her life Saturday.

Brittany suffered from an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer called glioblastoma and her doctors told her she had only six months to live -- and that the disease would wreak havoc on her body during that time. Brittany, her husband Dan Diaz, and her mother Debbie Ziegler made the call to move from their home in California to Oregon, where she could benefit from the Death With Dignity Act.

Before dying peacefully in her bedroom in the arms of her husband and mother and surrounded by a small group of family and friends, Brittany left a heartbreaking farewell message on her Facebook that reminds us of her strength, bravery and beauty in the face of death.


Brittany wrote, "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... the world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers... goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!"

Her decision comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering how just days ago, Brittany posted a video explaining that she might postpone her death, but that she wasn't going to make that call until the day came. Basically, she wanted to let the world know that she was planning on taking life as it presented itself to her, and that she would make her decision when she felt comfortable doing so.

The nonprofit Compassion & Choices posted a touching obituary for Brittany on its website that reminds us about some of this young woman's amazing accomplishments. She received a Masters in education from UC Irvine and traveled all over the globe, working in Costa Rica for an entire summer and scaling Mount Kilimanjaro one month before her wedding. She knew how to scuba dive and took ice climbing lessons.

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After a doctor told her she would probably only have weeks left to walk, Brittany planned a trip to Alaska, where she and a friend climbed 10 mile trails along ice fields. She was truly an inspirational young woman who lived life to the fullest.

It breaks our hearts to know that Brittany is gone, but the knowledge that she died on her own terms should bring her family and loved ones a much-needed sense of peace during this difficult time.

What do you think about Brittany's decision to end her life?


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