Terminally Ill Woman Who Wanted To End Her Own Life May Have Had Second Thoughts

She may not choose to end her life by November 1 after all.

Earlier this month, a woman named Brittany Maynard released a video announcing that she would end her own life on November 1. But in a new video, she may have pushed the date back.

Diagnosed with brain cancer, a terminally ill Brittany wanted to end her life on her own terms, and used her story to get the same rights for others. The 29-year-old and her husband moved to Portland, Oregon to have "death with dignity." She used her viral video to spread awareness for the cause which would allow terminally ill people to choose to peacefully end their own lives on their own terms. 

In her new video, she gives an update on her condition and that she if she isn't gone by her initial date then it wasn't the right time. 

"If November 2 comes along and I'm still alive, we'll still be moving forward as a family," she says. "I still have enough joy and laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn't seem like the right time."

Despite the uncertainty, she makes it clear that she gets sicker each day. She has seizures and after one couldn't even say her husband's name. 

"It will come, because I feel myself getting sicker," she says, explaining that every time she wakes up, she takes a risk of not dying on her own terms. "The worst thing that could happen if I wait too long."

She's faced criticism since her story spread, but seems to still stand behind her decision.

Death with Diginity is currently an option in Oregon, Vermont and Washington.


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