A brave woman and a hard decision.
Brittany Maynard has died.
I know this for a fact because my Facebook and Twitter feeds have been blowing up. There are a lot of people out there who are applauding her and her decision to end her own life after a battle with terminal cancer. There are also a lot of people out there who are not in favor of the decision that she had made, for many different reasons.
When I first stumbled upon Brittany’s story I tried to write an article on here about my thoughts on the situation. I wrote and deleted, wrote and deleted some more, until eventually I gave up. And I think the main reason I decided to abandon my article was because I had no idea what Brittany was going through.
I know that my time on this Earth is finite. I know that one day I will die. I do not, however, know how I would live with a Doctor standing in front of me telling me I had six months to live and that there was nothing he could do to help me. I don’t know how I’d be able to digest that information and go on.
Brittany made a decision based on knowledge that she had gathered. It was not rushed and I am sure she made it with the love and support of her family by her side.
I have been trying to grasp the idea of her pain, anger and emotions. And after thinking about myself, my family and my personal beliefs, I believe I would do it differently.
It’s not that I would want to suffer; no one does. I pray that when my time comes I can go peacefully. But if my death is much different from my hopes, so be it. Because I have faith in my God and my journey. And in the end, I don’t believe that I have the right to say when I may die because I am not God. I am just human. But at the same time, if I were in Brittany’s shoes and if the struggle would become too much for me to handle I would pray for forgiveness for seeking a way out. Because I am only human and Jesus Christ died for my sins.
I do not judge Brittany Maynard for taking her own life. I do not understand what she went through. From what I saw of her journey, I could tell she was a brave and strong woman who loved her family and friends tremendously. I pray that she is at peace and her soul at rest. And I pray for her family, especially her husband and mother. May they find comfort in the days ahead and may they keep her spirit alive. And I want to thank Brittany for sharing her journey with us. Because of you, so many people are now talking about death and end of life issues. You allowed such a difficult subject to be broached.
Every death can teach us lessons. And I believe that we all have a lot that we can learn from Brittany Maynard.