Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old who recently became the face of the death-with-dignity movement, chose to end her life this past Saturday. Maynard was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last spring and given six months to live.
In October, she launched an online video campaign with Compassion & Choices, an end-of-life choice advocacy organization, explaining why she’s choosing to end her own life.
In October, she told People that, "My glioblastoma is going to kill me and that's out of my control. I've discussed with many experts how I would die from it and it's a terrible, terrible way to die. So being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying."
Maynard moved to Oregon in order to be able to die under the Death with Dignity act, where a doctor would be able to prescribe her a fatal dose of barbiturates. On Nov. 1, Maynard chose to die in her home in Portland, surrounded by family.
Before passing, People reports that Maynard posted a farewell message to her family and friends on Facebook.
"Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more," she wrote.
"The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type … Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!"
Photo Credit: The Brittany Maynard Fund