There are two prescription pill bottles tucked safely away. These bottles contain the pills that will end 29-year-old Brittany Maynard’s life.
Shortly after marrying the love of her life this year, Brittany was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, the most lethal form of brain cancer.
Doctors estimated she had about six months to live, warning her she’d suffer an immense amount of pain until she took her last breath. That’s when Brittany decided she wanted to be the one to choose when she dies.
Brittany and her husband on their wedding day
Along with her family, the young woman made the move from California to Oregon, one of five states that have the death-with-dignity law. It allows terminally ill patients, like Brittany, to take medication that will end life without a stitch of pain.
“I hope to enjoy however many days I have left on this beautiful earth and spend as much of it outside as I can surrounded by those I love. I hope to pass in peace,” she says. “The reason to consider life and what’s of value is to make sure you’re not missing out. Seize the day. What’s important to you? What do you care about? What matters? Pursue that. Forget the rest.”
Brittany started The Brittany Maynard Fund to fight so that other people in her position who live in the 45 other states can die where they live.
On Nov. 1, she will take the pills that will end her life.
Watch her moving and emotional story below:
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