Awwww... I saw earlier this week that she may give herself a little more time, but I guess she really had a bad seizure, extreme headache, and loss of speech to say, "This it is." What that poor girl went through, it really tugs at my heartstrings. She was probably just hanging on until her husband's birthday until she said she couldn't take it anymore.
I tend to lean conservative on life issues, but when a fully grown adult has put full thought into all the options, I believe that this option should be it. Hospice would just be dragging an excrutiating death out, palliative care wouldn't come to the very end. She had all her faculties and her intelligence to say, "This is going to be done on my terms." I admire her for that.
As a person who has lived through a myriad of potentially lethal diagnoses (ALWAYS seek a second opinion), I would agree with her decision. Her glioblastoma was so severe, and so painful, she would have no quality of life. To live like that, I'd take quality with my husband, daughter (those two are my life) along with my friends and Chicago family, and completing my bucket list before I'm no longer able to do so. If only she could have had children, but that was not to be.
I'm ecstatic for her that she was able to complete her bucket list: Get married to an wonderful man, experience early married life before the tumor was diagnosed, go to Alaska and the Grand Canyon. She was surely blessed by those times.
I admire Brittany for not hiding with her illness and bringing on criticism. She was one brave individual who fought to the end.
My sympathies to her precious husband and mom.
Brittany Maynard, may you finally rest in well deserved peace.
ETA: These words are coming from a strong born-again Christian. If this comes up for a vote in Oklahoma, I'm not hesitating. I'd say let people walk a mile in her shoes, be it cancer or ALS. They probably wouldn't make it 50 feet.
In Loving Memory of Timothy Houdek, October 22, 1969 - January 8, 2013
My awesome dad: Harry Houdek, September 8, 1933 - November 20, 2013
Words can't convey how much I miss you both. RIP with love.