Brittany Maynard, 29, found out that she had only 6 months left to live. She decided to end her own life, teaming up with an end-of-life choice advocacy organization. Her story has exploded online with both supporters and detractors. She had originally planned to end her life on November 1st.
However, she made a new video yesterday to address her health and how her decision has changed. She says she's still waiting to see how her symptoms progress before deciding on a date.
"If November 2 has come along and I’ve passed, I hope my family is still proud of me and the choices I made," Maynard says. "And if Nov. 2 comes along and I’m still alive, I know that we’ll just still be moving forward as a family out of love for each other, and that the decision will come later."
Maynard says her health has been getting worse. She was recently terrified when she had two seizures in one day and was unable to say her husband's name.
"I think sometimes people look at me and they think. 'Well you don't look as sick as you say you are,' which hurts to hear, because when I'm having a seizure and I can't speak afterwards, I certainly feel as sick as I am," she says.
Maynard has stressed that she isn't suicidal.
"If all my dreams came true, I would somehow survive this," she says in her latest video, "but most likely, I won't."
Published on October 29th, 2014, Brittany wrote a note accompanying her video to her family, friends and fans:
I want to thank you for your incredible support. The outpouring of kindness that I have received since my story went public has been astounding.
You’ve helped put the death-with-dignity movement in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans. All across the country, lawmakers have reached out saying that they want to introduce legislation to authorize aid in dying. That is real progress towards change.