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Brittany Maynard - Assisted Suicide

Updated on November 24, 2014

Brittany Maynard

Brittany Maynard
Brittany Maynard | Source

Assisted Suicide

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Brittany Maynard

I wasn’t going to touch this topic with a ten-foot pole but after watching the latest video of Brittany Maynard, the woman who has said she wanted to end her life on Nov 1, 2014 due to stage IV brain cancer made me change my mind.

My views on this topic are varied at best. First off, I do believe people should have the right to choose to end their lives if they are suffering with no hope of a cure. I mean laying in bed in agony, not making videos for everyone to see on Youtube.

Those who have brain tumors suffer from seizers and could laps into a coma any minute. I can see the temptation to want to make a choice and die under your own terms to a point but having seen Brittany’s video, I cannot accept her decision right now. I think it’s wrong, and I’m guessing she’s not ready because she said she still feels well enough so she won’t be ending her life Nov. 1st after all.

There's Always Hope

I’m the type of person that hopes until the last minute until there’s no hope left, and so I wouldn’t be the sort of person that would end my life to escape from the ravages of a terminal illness. I would pray that they found a way to save my life up until my last breath, but that’s just me.

I live everyday with chronic pain and lived with nerve pain for nearly five years and if anyone has had nerve pain, you’d know how miserable I was every day, every night for 5 + years. I’m not comparing a terminal illness, but pain is similar no matter what it’s from. They have medication to control pain until the end, and then I don’t think it works any longer, but that’s the time to make the end of life decision.

Brittany Maynard

Looking Pretty & Feeling Good

I have an issue with Brittany talking about how she doesn’t like the way she looks now; I find that to be a strange thing to focus on when you are so sick you are thinking about ending your own life. That seems like an issue someone who’s fairly well would think about. (meaning she's not ready to end her life)

I know when I was at my sickest I didn’t care about anything but making the pain go away and sleeping. I didn’t care if my hair was done or what weight I was. In the video, it showed her and her husband taking a walk and that’s what she should focus on.

Brittany really should spend quality time with her family, and not launching this “assisted-suicide suicide campaign. I have had friends who almost decided that they shouldn’t live after being in tragic accidents and by the grace of god. they didn’t do it.

They were afraid of living a life with a profound disability such as Christopher Reeve, but he didn’t pick to end his life because his wife begged him not to.

In the years after he made the choice to live no matter what the consequences he made a huge difference in the lives of everyone living with paralysis and other disabilities around the world. His life wasn't easy or pain free that entire time.

Final Exit Digital Edition (2011 KE): The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying

Life Changing Conditions

I know it’s not exactly the same thing, but you must remember Chris couldn’t even lift a finger and used a ventilator to breathe every day to some people that might be a fate worse than death. Everyone has a different perspective on “the right to die” issue and what they think they could tolerate for their own life.

Another reason why I wouldn’t attempt assisted suicide is because I believe everything happens in God's time, and he may not be ready for Brittany if she decides to end her life too soon. I believe that we all have time on earth, and then it’s over but it’s not up to us to decide when that is.

Brittany Maynard

Brittany Maynard
Brittany Maynard | Source

Diagnosis of brain tumor

In order to locate the tumor and determine its extent, physicians use ANGIOGRAPHY together with various types of BRAIN SCANS: CAT SCAN, MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI), AND X-ray studies.

Praying For Brittany

I told you in the beginning I had diverse views on this issue. I have a ton of friends who have various disabilities, some profound and some slight. Many have MS or Muscular Dystrophy, ALS which in most cases ends a person’s life, but none of them have considered “assisted suicide” even though their lives will end at some point and not in the most comfortable of ways either. A lot of pain and depression plague those with those diseases until they stop breathing or have a heart attack at any given day. Still, they hang on the hope of a cure or better medications to treat the complications that arise.

Brittany should be seeking holistic medical care along with her current doctors. Miracles do happen and people often live longer than expected. Frankly, doctors don’t know EVERYTHING.

Doctors thought when I was a toddler that I was deaf because I refused to talk to strangers *LOL* Nothing my mom said would change their minds until they gave me the hearing test. They also thought I had Muscular Dystrophy which I do not, but I have lived with a disability and chronic pain for my entire life, and I’m still hanging on no matter what.

I’m still finding my joy and thankfully Brittany has said she still feels joy, which is why she’s going to keep living for today. She also said that she doesn’t know when she’ll end her life, but she definitely will at some point in the future.

I will pray for Brittany and hope that she finds a way to stay around as long as possible so she can spend as much time with her family as possible.

Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor (Neurology Now Books)

Brittany Maynard Passes Peacefully

I'm deeply saddened by Brittany Maynard's passing Saturday 1st of November 2014. May she and her family be a peace by her decision.

Homeopathic Treatment of Brain Tumor

Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach.

This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat brain tumor but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility.

As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to cure brain tumor symptoms that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints.

For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of brain tumor symptoms:

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      I am moved by your hub and anyone who has difficulty in day to day activities. I constantly pray for a cure. I am especially proud of those who share their story so I may understand and learn from you. Thank you for sharing your story and your strong spirit to live. I wouldn't know what my choice would be if I was in that position.As of now I want to do everything I can to just enjoy one more day. Have a beautiful night.

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      Tara Richardson 3 years ago from New Mexico

      I live with Chronic pain everyday plus a disability that has gotten worse as I age. If I focused on all the negativity and the worry about what my life will be in 15+ years I would miss out on the wonderful things that make me happy now.

      I was hoping that she would feel better longer to have more time in this life. She was so young. On one level I totally understand why she did it & hope she is at peace now.

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      Jake Cilbup 3 years ago

      I suffer from chronic pain and consider myself as 'walking dead'. Waiting for a miracle is like buying a lottery ticket hoping to hit it big. Yes, somebody does win it eventually but how many others 'hoped for a miracle' before ONE was finally drawn as a winner. If when buying the lottery ticket you didn't win you had to be in pain for the entire time until the next drawing how many people would be buying the 'miracle' hope of hitting the lottery. Walk a mile in my shoes before you judge me and my wishes of how I want my life to be. There is a huge difference between 'living' and 'being alive'.