Brittany Maynard

A terminally ill cancer patient who was diagnosed with a deadly form of brain cancer used a Oregon law to end her own life on Saturday.

Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiform this past January. The 29-year-old Californian was given just six months to live.

But rather than suffer the indignities of losing her hearing, vision and bodily functions, Maynard made the decision to end her life before her health deteriorated.

Maynard and her husband packed up and moved from California to Oregon where an aid-in-dying law allows terminally ill patients to take their own lives on their own terms. The law requires patients from other states to establish residency in Oregon before they end their lives.

Oregon's aid-in-dying law is different from assisted suicide laws in other states where doctors administer lethal drugs to terminally ill patients.

In Oregon (and four other states) doctors are authorized to prescribe lethal sedatives to patients who can decide if and when they take the lethal medicine. The law was passed in 1997.

Vox.com explains the process: "Patients must make their request for a lethal medication in writing and then, 15 days later, make an oral request. Another 15 days must pass before the patient can fill the prescription — and they could decide never to fill it at all."

"If a doctor is allowed to give a patient a lethal injection, the doctor is the last actor," says Alan Meisel, a bioethicist at the University of Pittsburgh who has written extensively on right-to-die laws. "In Oregon and Washington, the patient is the last actor. And that lets them reserve the right not to act at all." Source

On saturday, Maynard took the lethal sedative to end her life, according to a post on her Facebook page.

"Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me ... but would have taken so much more," Maynard said in the Facebook post.

She died peacefully in her bedroom, surrounded by family and friends.

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    • Matchsticks

      :cries:

    • http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2011/12/jersey_citys_prince_the_pimp_d.html User Friendly

      may she rest in sweet peace. :pray:

      cancer sux :mad:

    • Time to Waste

      Morning Roses

      S.I.P. Brittany

      Die Cancer!

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypRKb0xKVQ8 VDot

      Bless her :heart:

      I thought she released a video saying she wasn't going to do it on Nov. 1st. Either way :hug: for her family and friends.

      FUKK CANCER!

    • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

      That's so sad. Rest in peace. Blessings and peace to the family. That must be such a hard decision to make. Smh.

      Good morning all.

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

      :pray: :cry: Too heavy first thing.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypRKb0xKVQ8 VDot

      sure did!! and :rofl: all day yesteday!!

      _______________________

      Time Waster - They are all sooo damn petty. And I :heart: the pettiness of it all. I will say Drake is a fool tho. He puppeting all of 'em. Got Chyna @ing him on IG posts, and then throwing up pics of him kicking it with Kylie :rofl:

      These lil girls/women better stop letting these niccas play 'em co.ck tho :yes: :lol:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

      :wail: Fukk Cancer!

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

      Drake is messier than mud. And I am here for it. Then Khloe gone tweet that Tyga was at their viewing party. Messy messy.

    • Unshakable

      May God be with her family and friends. Rest in peace. 19 year old Lauren Hill is going through something similar.....has an inoperable brain tumor and may not make it thru December. Keep her in your prayers. :pray:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SQh007k6U missyJ

      In this office tah-day.. Head hurting like a mug....

      This Drake/Chyna/Tyga/Kylie square is hilarious :lol:

    • http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2011/12/jersey_citys_prince_the_pimp_d.html User Friendly

      19 year old Lauren Hill
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      who? :huh:

    • http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2011/12/jersey_citys_prince_the_pimp_d.html User Friendly

      its so cold in this office :cold: :crying:

      let me find my cardigan cuz my nipples like :eek:

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypRKb0xKVQ8 VDot

      19 year old Lauren Hill is going through something similar…

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      She played her first NCAA :bball: game here yestaday. She's a local celeb :) Bless her :heart: too

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypRKb0xKVQ8 VDot

      Then Khloe gone tweet that Tyga was at their viewing party.

      _________________

      So Chyna went and liked French Montana pics :hahaha: They so high school :rofl: :rofl:

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

      Tears:

      CINCINNATI -- The first basket of the 2014-15 college basketball season went, fittingly, to Lauren Hill of Division III Mount St. Joseph.

      Hill, a freshman with inoperable brain cancer, took a pass in the post and hit a left-handed layup just 17 seconds into Sunday's game against Hiram College. The NCAA allowed the schools to move the game up two weeks in the hope Hill would be healthy enough to play. In September, doctors told her she has only a few months to live.

      "I never thought I would play on a college court, put my feet on the floor and feel the vibration of the crowd," Lauren said after the game, which the Mount won 66-55. "This game has been amazing and everything that happened today was amazing. This is a really good day."

      By the time the game tipped off, 10,000 fans had flooded the stands at Xavier University to see Hill play. Mount St. Joseph games typically draw 100 fans, but when word of Lauren's story spread, the demand for tickets and media coverage made a site change necessary. Xavier University offered the use of their arena and its employees volunteered their time to staff the game.

      "The outpouring of support has been incredible," said Mount St. Joseph president Dr. Tony Aretz. "We say at the Mount that we are a community that cares. To bring that to life like this is just incredible."

      After she scored, both teams gave Hill a standing ovation before she exited the game. Her teammates mobbed her at center court, her coaches presented her with the game ball and she hugged head coach Dan Benjamin, the man they call Coach Bear. And then she took her seat on the bench and the game resumed.

      Because of the headaches and nausea caused by Hill's tumor and the medicine she takes to treat it, she spent most of the game on the bench wearing pink sunglasses and headphones and slapping hands with her teammates as they subbed in and out of the game.

      "I love basketball and it was sad when I couldn't play," she says. "But it was great to be here to support the team because they're supporting me every day."

      With one minute remaining in the game, the crowd erupted in a chant of, "We love Lauren ... We love Lauren! Lauren! Lauren!" Then, with 30 seconds remaining, coach Benjamin called a time out. When play resumed, Hill had returned to the floor and attempted a layup, which she missed. Her teammate, Tara Dennis rebounded the ball, passed it back to Hill and she scored her second basket of the night, this time on a right-handed layup, to make the score 66-55.

      "The first basket was awesome because I was happy I made it on the first try," Hill said. "But I made the second with my right hand. So the second basket was just as sweet."

      A natural right-handed shooter, Hill has lost much of the strength in the right side of her body.

      "I'm so proud of her," Benjamin said. "I kept telling her all of this, it was all because of her. Her message is spreading, around the nation, to other countries and it's going to keep getting bigger. That's our goal at the Mount, to keep Lauren's legacy alive."

      Over the past few weeks, the game, as well as the #1More4Lauren and #Layup4Lauren hashtag and fundraising campaigns have caught the attention of college and professional athletes and among the many celebrities in attendance Sunday were Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills, legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, and WNBA standouts Elena Delle Donne, Skylar Diggins and Tamika Catchings.

      "It's incredible that Coach Summitt is here, but I'm sure she was just as moved as we all were," said Delle Donne, who attended the game with her mother. "When I read Lauren's story and heard about the game, nothing could keep me away. It's incredible what she's doing and how many people she's reached. To be her age and have the kind of perspective to think beyond herself, she's amazing."

      At halftime, Summitt presented Hill with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award, and representatives from the Indiana Pacers and Fever presented a $5,000 check to The Cure Starts Now. At the conclusion of the game, the team announced that the game had raised $40,000 for TCSN, which raises money to fund research for DIPG, the rare type of pediatric brain cancer from which Lauren is suffering.

      Several major athletes, including two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker, also took to Twitter to voice admiration for Hill's stirring and emotional performance.

      "To reach and touch this many people is amazing," Lauren said. "Not many people knew about DIPG before me, and now that they do, we can get research going to cure this cancer. I won't be around to see that, but it's going to help so many people. That's why the support can't end with this game."

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      :newpost:

    • http://www.facebook.com/juanhustle JuanHustle

      I just don't understand how her family and loved ones don't want her death to be considered a suicide, but "death with dignity." It's a priest in Raleigh who wrote a letter regarding her situation. He too has terminal brain cancer. I'm siding with how he views it.

    • sochlo504

      I saw the documentary How To Die In Oregon and the peoples stories were heartbreaking and inspiring. I think people should have more autonomy over their lives and be able to decide how and when they die especially if they're suffering like this. She made a brave choice and it just reminds us how fleeting life is. Okay this is too depressing for a Monday.

    • JerseyGirl68

      After watching my Mom, who had battled breast cancer for 10 years, deteriorate from Dec 2013 until her death on August 29th, 2014, I applaud this woman for her unselfish bravery.

      Sidebar: I pray this story isn't a hoax.

    • JerseyGirl68

      After watching my Mom, who had battled breast cancer for 10 years, deteriorate from Dec 2013 until her death on August 29th, 2014, I applaud this woman for her unselfish bravery.

      Sidebar: I pray this story isn't a hoax.