- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 30, 2014

The 29-year-old terminally ill cancer patient whose video on her choice to die by taking her own life went viral earlier this month is rethinking her Saturday suicide plan.

“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,” Brittany Maynard said in a recently released six-minute video on her website.

Ms. Maynard was diagnosed with brain cancer in January and given six months to live, and to expect a long and painful death due to her illness. After receiving this news, Ms. Maynard decided to chose “death with dignity,” according to her website, and he and her husband moved from California to to Oregon, which is one of the few states with a right-to-die law. 

Ms. Maynard crossed the last item off her bucket list — a visit to the Grand Canyon — last week and had been planning on taking drugs prescribed by doctors to end her life on Nov. 1. Although she is now rethinking that decision, she knows she will still choose to die sometime in the near future. 

“But it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker. It’s happening each week,” she said on the video.

A spokesman for Compassionate Choices told AFP that Ms. Maynard will likely end her life in the coming weeks.

“Brittany’s seizures are becoming more debilitating and frequent, so obviously her family worries about her suffering,” spokesman Sean Crowley told AFP.

• Jennifer Pompi can be reached at jpompi@washingtontimes.com.

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