New Brittany Maynard Video Released on What Would've Been Her Birthday (WATCH)​


Right-to-die advocate Brittany Maynard may be gone, but her message lives on. A video of the stunning young woman who utilized Oregon's death-with-dignity law to end her life on November 1, after battling terminal brain cancer, was released this week by the nonprofit Compassion & Choices to coincide with what would have been Maynard's 30th birthday. 


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In the video, recorded in August, Maynard says she feels the issue is "misunderstood" and explains:

It's not a fear-based choice; it's a logic-based choice. If I can play even the smallest part in reducing fear or in helping to reduce fear or misunderstanding, then it's worth speaking up for.

If there's one message to come away with from everything I've been through it is no matter what life presents you with you, never be afraid to use your own voice. And even if you are uncertain, even if your voice is shaking, ask the questions you want to ask, speak up for yourself, advocate. 

Wow, what incredibly powerful words from a woman who faced a devastating disease and moved so that she could die as she lived: on her own terms.

We're certain the decision was not an easy one for the young wife who had been married to the love of her life for less than three years and had traveled the world in search of adventure. Maynard lived her life to the fullest.

For those not battling an incurable illness, it might be impossible to say what you would do if you found yourself in her position. But Maynard is asking that if you were in her shoes, wouldn't you at least like to have the option to decide your fate? 

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