The terrible story of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman with stage 4, inoperable brain cancer who relocated to Oregon this year in order take advantage of the state's assisted suicide law, got her wish to see the Grand Canyon last week before she dies.
A non-profit group, Compassion & Choices, that is trying to bring assisted suicide laws to more states has been helping Murphy document her choice, and her last days.
Murphy was living in San Francisco when she was diagnosed, after months of debilitating headaches and seizures. She has decided to end her life on November 1, two days after her husband's birthday, and as she said in the video released several weeks ago, she was hoping to make it to the Grand Canyon with her husband and family. And she did.
But, as she writes on the Brittany Fund site, her symptoms worsened while she was on the trip.
The Canyon was breathtakingly beautiful, and I was able to enjoy my time with the two things I love most: my family and nature.
Sadly, it is impossible to forget my cancer. Severe headaches and neck pain are never far away, and unfortunately the next morning I had my worst seizure thus far. My speech was paralyzed for quite a while after I regained consciousness, and the feeling of fatigue continued for the rest of the day.
Also, she says of the online campaign and video, "I didn't launch this campaign because I wanted attention; in fact, it's hard for me to process it all. I did this because I want to see a world where everyone has access to death with dignity, as I have had. My journey is easier because of this choice."