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    Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

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    Brittany Maynard, the Oregon woman who had become an outspoken advocate for patient's rights following her terminal cancer diagnosis, died on Saturday, the Oregonian reported. She was 29.

    "Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love," she wrote in a Facebook post, according to People. "Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness... the world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers... goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!"

    Earlier this year, Maynard learned that she was suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma and had only six months to live. After hearing what the disease would to her body in its final stages, she decided that she wanted to die on her own terms.
    It also reported that she had decided to delay her passing based upon this video (I have it below) released Wednesday. However it sounds like Maynard passed away yesterday, which was not reported until a few hours ago today. Her obit is posted here as well.



    If you are curious, usually in cases like this, a person breathes in an inert gas like helium or nitrogen, which puts the person to sleep very quickly and painlessly. I am very relieved for Maynard that she was able to pass away on her own terms. Hopefully one day we will be able to fight brain cancers without (as she had done) having to resort to drastic measures such as cutting out the cancerous parts of the brain. When faced with such horrific medical procedures and a resulting slow, painful decline in health; my heart absolutely goes out to all those that find themselves in such a situation.

    Here's to Brittany Maynard. Rest in peace.
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    Re: Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

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    It also reported that she had decided to delay her passing based upon this video (I have it below) released Wednesday. However it sounds like Maynard passed away yesterday, which was not reported until a few hours ago today. Her obit is posted here as well.

    If you are curious, usually in cases like this, a person breathes in an inert gas like helium or nitrogen, which puts the to sleep very quickly and painlessly. I am very relieved for Maynard that she was able to pass away on her own terms. Hopefully one day we will be able to fight brain cancers without (as she had done) having to resort to drastic measures such as cutting out the cancerous parts of the brain. When faced with such horrific medical procedures and a resulting slow, painful decline in health; my heart absolutely goes out to all those that find themselves in such a situation.

    Here's to Brittany Maynard. Rest in peace.
    I have nothing to add, but for my respect for someone who spends their final days fighting for a cause -- especially one most of us don't consider until it comes for us and ours.

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

    I'm glad she was able to make the choice to avoid the pain, suffering and mental anguish that her cancer would most definitely bring her should she had not made this choice.

    I feel she was a brave woman. I wish her eternal peace. I also wish her loved ones peace and solace in the knowledge that she is now at rest and will suffer no more.
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    Re: Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

    I can't criticize her or her decision. Watching her in the video and hearing about what she went through, I can't imagine how frightening her struggle was. Not being able to talk, unable remember people's names, having painful seizures, etc., and knowing it would get worse and worse and more painful. It would be horrifying to deal with. My heart goes out to her and her family. I cannot imagine the struggles and worries she was facing. I pray she is at peace now.

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

    That is a tough one to read. My heart goes to her family and loved ones.

    I had a 56 yr old female cousin die of bladder and liver cancer 4 weeks ago. She went through different chemo therapies and from diagnosis to death lived 12 months.
    The chemo undoubtedly gave her more time. But during the last months of that time she had a urostomy and a colonostomy. At the end it was just a waiting game. She stopped eating then stopped drinking water. Everyone just had to do their best to keep her comfortable as possible.

    Am certain there are worst deaths such as dying in a fire. But this slow gradual loss of life is so harsh. She doesn't have to suffer any longer and for that I am thankful.

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

    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.

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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.
    This has nothing to do with a brave choice, it is the humane choice. It is the intelligent choice because suffering a horrendous death should not be the norm if you can choose to go out with dignity. She was a brave and courageous woman and as you quite rightly said it is her choice and I think it very commendable for her to fight for allowing people to die with a modicum of dignity.
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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.
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    Re: Brittany Maynard, Death With Dignity Advocate, Dies At 29

    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.
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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.
    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.

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