Brittany Maynard has terminal brain cancer. Earlier this year, she was given 6 months to live and in June, she, her husband Dan, her mother Debbie and her stepfather Gary moved to Oregon so she could get access to its Death With Dignity Act.
On October 27, 1997 Oregon enacted the Death With Dignity Act which allows terminally ill people to end their lives through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medications, prescribed by a physician for that purpose.
In her first interview, she told WHO Magazine that she had decided to end her life on November 1st, 2014 – the day after her husbands birthday.
At the time she said, ” I can always change my mind if something comes up, but right now that’s the plan I’ve made with my family.”
Earlier this month, her husband Dan Diaz told WHO he didn’t expect her to end her life on November 1st if she woke up ‘feeling good’.
“Brittany had to put some kind of parameters on this,” Dan, 43, told WHO. “I talked to a counsellor about this and they said for them putting a date out there gives them something to work toward and to work beyond,” he says. “So the psychologist says, ‘That’s the way it brings comfort. A goal,’ ” he says.
Her mother Debbie told WHO the date was something to “pencil in,” a starting point, but she says she’s made it clear to her daughter many times that she’ll support her no matter what she decides: “I’ve told her no matter which way you want to do this – and the choice is yours all the time – if you want me to bathe you and feed you and go the long way, I will do that,” she said.
Now, with only one day to go until the date she was planning to end her own life if the suffering became too much – she has released a video addressing how she’s feeling now that its so close.
“So if November 2nd comes along and I’ve passed, I hope my family is still proud of me and the choices I made. And if November 2nd comes along and I’m still alive, I know that we’ll just still be moving forward as a family, like, out of love for each other and that that decision will come later,” she says in the video, which was recorded October 13 and 14 at her home in Portland, Oregon.