Updated: Brittany Maynard ended her life on Saturday 1 November as planned. Her husband Dan Diaz and mother Debbie Ziegler supported her decision and were with her after she took the lethal pill combination that would end her life.
Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more. The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type … Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!— Brittany Maynard's final Facebook post as reported by People Magazine
Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the beginning of the year. She feared that the drugs she would need to take to manage her brain tumour would limit her quality of life while her age would allow her body to continue to survive even when the pain may no longer be bearable.
With her husband and her family, she opted to move to Oregon from her home state of California as it allows her to end her own life.
She recently completed a bucket list visit to the Grand Canyon and celebrated her husband, Dan's birthday on 30 October, before ending her life on Saturday 1 November.
She said she might delay the final decision but that she hopes that by sharing her story others will be able to make the choice for themselves too. Not everyone supports her decision and hoped she would not take her life.
I am so lucky to have known the love of an amazing husband (my husband Dan is a hero), a loving, caring mother, and an incredible group of friends and extended family. As my time draws closer, I hope you will all take up my request to carry on this work, and support them as they carry on my legacy. I'm so grateful to you all.— Brittany Maynard
South Africa does not make provision for individuals who would like to choose when they would like to die although the issue was raised after MP Mario Ambrosini died recently after a long battle with lung cancer.