Brittany Maynard has decided she may not die after all on Saturday, November 1. But her brain cancer fight is not over and it's possible she may schedule another future date to enact her plans for assisted suicide.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, just this past week scientists announced that a new stem cell therapy offered hope of a brain cancer cure. Unfortunately, while the cancer treatment has worked well in animal testing, researchers believe it is years before the potential brain cancer cure can be used on humans.
The controversy over Brittany Maynard's decision to publicly announce her plans for euthanasia has caused many to offer their own reaction to the fight against cancer. For example, a terminally ill cancer patient named Kara Tippetts is publicly begging her to reconsider going for assisted suicide, claiming, "You have been told a lie. A horrible lie, that your dying will not be beautiful. That the suffering will be too great." But a Christian priest said that Maynard needs compassion, not judgment, during her remaining days on Earth. Maynard has publicly responded to critics by saying that she does not want to die and Maynard even recently finished her bucket list.
Brittany Maynard is fighting stage IV glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer that had doctors saying she only had six months to live back in April. In a recently released video, Maynard revealed that she is still feeling well enough that she will mostly delay her plans for assisted suicide.
"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," Maynard said. "But it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker. It's happening each week."
Unfortunately, the brain cancer is starting to take its toll and Maynard revealed she recently had multiple seizures and was incapable of saying her husband's name. She's also upset by how people will say she does not look like she is near death.
"When people criticize me for not waiting longer, or, you know, whatever they've decided is best for me, it hurts because really, I risk it every day, every day that I wake up," she said. "I think sometimes people look at me and they think. 'Well you don't look as sick as you say you are,' which hurts to hear, because when I'm having a seizure and I can't speak afterwards, I certainly feel as sick as I am."
According to Compassion & Choices, the video was recorded on October 13 and 14. Maynard is monitoring her symptoms before deciding on a new date for her euthanasia plans and says, "The worst thing that could happen to me is that I wait too long because I'm trying to seize each day, but I somehow have my autonomy taken away from me by my disease because of the nature of my cancer."
Brittany Maynard says she's still enjoying life and spends time with her husband, family, and dogs. She admits that it's a "cliche," but she says, "We take things one day at a time, but it's like, that's the only way to get through this."