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    Re: Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

    She died on her terms. Not many of will get to do that. I can't imagine the choices she faced. I just hope if I am a family member of someone in this position that I have the courage to support them instead of being selfish and demanding they suffer for me.
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    Re: Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

    My heart goes out to her family and friends. Hopefully they are proud of her for the decision she made rather than full of resent like so many tend to be in situations like that.

    Her life was spent pushing a cause and she ultimately ended up dying for it. That's the best way to die, even if it was far too young.

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    Re: Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    My heart goes out to her family and friends. Hopefully they are proud of her for the decision she made rather than full of resent like so many tend to be in situations like that.

    Her life was spent pushing a cause and she ultimately ended up dying for it. That's the best way to die, even if it was far too young.
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    Re: Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    by doing it the way she did it, she raised awareness about the issue. in a lot of states, what she is doing is illegal. the way that gets changed is by stuff like this.

    it sucks, though. 29. no one should have to die that young.
    Last year (I think) I watched a Dutch documentary called "nachtvlinder" (moth) about a young 25 year old woman who was suffering from the same genetic disease that killed her mother in a horrific way. Her mother had to endure great pain and loss of humanity/dignity in the end. Priscilla, the subject of the movie is already suffering from the onset of the disease and has a lot of pain and problems but is choosing to get out of dying horrendously by voluntarily ending her life.

    She celebrated her 25th birthday on the night before she ended her life, she had one last night of living how she had lived when she was a teenager, she lived her last day of living to the fullest and then ended her life before she got to the same point as her mother had gotten too.

    There is no need to end your life with no dignity if you have the choice to end it on your terms if your health is so poor that surviving is no longer an option.
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    Re: Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

    While ending one's life is never a decision to be taken likely, it is a decision every adult should be allowed to make. I am happy this young woman was able to end it on her terms.
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    Re: Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    I am inclined to feel that fighting until the last is the braver choice than this, especially when one knows that it is a losing fight. It was her life to do with as she so chose, but I do not see anything especially commendable about her decision.
    It is commendable because she spared her family years of suffering watching her wither away. They can now remember her as young, beautiful, and strong.
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    Re: Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant Noodle View Post
    Bless her. I would have done the same thing. I have tears in my eyes. My pastor condemed this. **** him. Im just sorry to lose a beautiful heart.
    I will never understand the so-called Christian fear of death.
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    Re: Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    I am inclined to feel that fighting until the last is the braver choice than this, especially when one knows that it is a losing fight. It was her life to do with as she so chose, but I do not see anything especially commendable about her decision.
    Well, this is Part 2 of the story. This first part was shortly after Maynard was diagnosed in January, when doctors cut open her skull and surgically removed the cancerous portions of her brain. It obviously returned within a couple months. Outside of that, there were no other options for her. It was limited to euthanasia or painfully dying from the cancer consuming her brain from the inside out. I wouldn't even think to consider to think of the latter option as bravery. More along the lines to sheer horror.
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    Re: Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

    I'm so sad she's gone and my deepest sympathy for Brittany's family. As sad as it was, I also sympathize and support her right to make that choice. She was very brave not to wait until after she lost autonomy and could no longer make that choice.

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    Re: Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoist View Post
    I will never understand the so-called Christian fear of death.
    Christian fear of death? I don't think so.

    What tragedy for this woman, family, and friends.
    She is in a far better place now.

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