posted at 19:50
Author Name: Michael Thurston
US right-to-die woman holds on, in new video
Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old brain cancer sufferer, made headlines earlier this month when a video of her making her suicide threat went viral and was seen by millions of web-users. In January, Maynard was given six months to live and told her death would be painful because of the aggressive nature of her cancer. Maynard and her husband, who had just married when she began having severe headaches, moved from their home in California to Oregon, one of a handful of states with a "Right-to-die" law. A doctor could therefore prescribe her the medication she needs to end her own life, surrounded by her family in the bedroom she shares with her husband. Maynard has in recent weeks and months been working to tick off items on a "Bucket list" of what she wants to do before she dies - including traveling to the Grand Canyon last week. A spokesman for Compassion and Choices, the right-to-die organization helping Maynard manage her final days, said Wednesday she will likely end her life in the next week or two. Maynard's family, including her husband and her mother Debbie Ziegler, are supporting her all the way. Choices and Compassion spokesman Crowley added that, for Maynard's family, grief at her passing will likely also be accompanied by relief.

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