Brittany Maynard Decides Not to Take her Life

Brittany Maynard, 29, who is terminally ill, has put off plans to take her own life under Oregon's death with dignity law. (Photo: AP)
Brittany Maynard, 29, who is terminally ill, has put off plans to take her own life under Oregon’s death with dignity law.
(Photo: AP)

Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman with terminal cancer who made public plans to end her life and gained a following online through completing her “bucket list,” says she no longer plans to die Saturday.

“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,” Maynard says in a tearful new video posted Wednesday on her website, The Brittany Fund.

“It will come because I feel myself getting sicker. It’s happening each week,” she says.

Maynard was diagnosed with a stage 4 malignant brain tumor in April. She moved from California to Oregon, where she can legally kill herself with medication. Her plans had been to die Saturday, two days after her husband’s birthday on Oct. 30.

Sharing her decision to die online in a video that gained more than 8.8 million views, Maynard has become a public figure in the debate over “dying with dignity.” She is a spokeswoman for Compassion & Choices, which advocates for end-of-life choice.

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Source: USA Today |

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