In the midst of the other news going around the last couple of weeks, you might have missed the story of Brittany Maynard.
Brittany Maynard was a 29 year old woman who suffered from a stage 4 malignant brain cancer. She announced on YouTube that on Saturday November 1 she will end her life.
This is a really simplistic statement in of itself. So, let’s give some clarity here. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in January. She was told by doctors in April that she had six months to live. And that six months would be very painful.
Throughout this process, Maynard became an advocate for terminally ill patients to receive medication that will allow then to die on their own terms.You can see her video above.
Maynard’s story got lots of attention. It included a website which you can see here. And her name was mentioned over 105,000 times on Twitter according to Topsy.com
Considering Maynard’s story, and the many more that will not get this type of attention, is it time for us to consider reopening the “Right to Die” debate? Before, you answer, I hope you have a look at this article. This is comprehensive look at the issues around the topic from USA Today.
I hope when you discuss this, you give the respect and dignity of all perspectives that will be shared.