Brittany Maynard is a 29-year-old woman making headlines for her choice to die with dignity after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. As her death date looms, her supporters have taken to Twitter to send her their best wishes and defend her controversial choice.
There’s no denying that Brittany Maynard‘s choice to take her own life before terminal brain cancer ends it for her is a controversial one. However, the fact remains that Brittany lives in Oregon, where their Death With Dignity Act has left that choice in Brittany’s hands. While many of her detractors are calling it suicide, others are praising her for her courage.
Brittany Maynard’s Death With Dignity Choice: People Support Her On Twitter
Brittany insists in a lengthy blog post that her decision to die is not suicide. “I’ve had the medication for weeks. I am not suicidal. If I were, I would have consumed that medication long ago,” she wrote. “I do not want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms.
“Now that I’ve had the prescription filled and it’s in my possession, I have experienced a tremendous sense of relief.”
Here’s what some of her supports have been saying on Twitter:
This #BrittanyMaynard story is incredible. I support her decision to die with dignity on her own terms and commend her for her bravery.
— Alex (@SportsArtByAlex) October 7, 2014
My brother made this same choice and I will forever be proud of him for it. Miss him everyday. Blessing to this girl. http://t.co/7hOXcFWpRB
— DishDetox (@DishDetox) October 6, 2014
This is very, very moving. The ability to have a peaceful, planned death should be every individual’s right. http://t.co/YEGaxiXfYI
— Emily (@My1stLoveDW) October 6, 2014
Just donated to the cause. A very touching story, but kudos for going out w/class and an IMPORTANT purpose. http://t.co/VwjFc6cyQl
— Rick (@netculture) October 8, 2014
— Adam Carver (@adamcarv) October 8, 2014
Brittany Maynard is an American hero. I only wish I could have her courage.
— Matt from Ruthless (@mattcale52) October 8, 2014
I don’t know Brittany Maynard, but her story have affected me dearly. She is a brave woman and I admire her courage. http://t.co/pbLHDuPMUS
— Carmina Valdizan (@CValdizan) October 7, 2014
I applaud you, Brittany Maynard – for your courage. I wish you all the love and light in the world. ❤️
— kassi panda (@KissMyKassss_) October 6, 2014
Brittany Maynard & Husband Dan Diaz Were Hoping To Start A Family
Poor Brittany. She had just gotten married to husband Dan Diaz, 42, when she started experiencing debilitating headaches. Doctors discovered a tumor, and surgery was no help — the cancer only grew worse. Brittany and Dan had been hoping to start a family, and now Brittany has scheduled her own death for November 1.
HollywoodLifers, share your thoughts about Brittany’s story below.
— Amanda Mitchell