29-year-old brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard re-ignited the debate around euthanasia earlier this month after posting a video saying that she wished to end her own life, before cancer did. However, she's saying it isn't time... just yet.
The young woman, who was told she only had six months left to live after being diagnosed with an aggressive stage 4 malignant tumor in April this year, announced her plans to end her life and set a date of November 1st.
However, in a recently shared YouTube video called "A New Video To My Friends" Maynard explained that she has still has too much joy left.
In a previous interview with Refinery 29, Brittany Maynard, spoke out about the date she wished to end her life saying: "I can decide to push it back. Or, if something happens and my symptoms become much worse, I can push it forward... It’s flexible, and the whole idea of the program is to embrace that."
In video posted to her website, Maynard explains her reasons for waiting beyond today, stating: "I still feel good enough, and I still have enough joy, and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn't seem like the right time right now."
While she still stands by her plan of ending her own life with lethal medication Maynard, explained her health is rapidly deteriorating saying: "But, it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker. It's happening each week."
Brittany Maynard, who has faced both strong criticism and an outpouring of support over her decision, recently moved from California to to Oregon with her husband and her family, which is one of only five U.S. States with a right-to-die law.
During the past few weeks Brittany has been busy living life to the fullest by fulfilling items on her bucket list. She visited the Grand Canyon, most recently sharing an image online at the famous landmark with her husband Dan.
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