Terminal cancer sufferer Brittany Maynard, who plans to end her life on November 1, has ticked the visit to the Grand Canyon off her bucket list. In a heartfelt note on her website, she thanks “Americans around the country who came forward to make my “bucket list” dream come true”. The newlywed 29-year-old woman from Oregon, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor less than a year ago, had announced last month in a video on her website that she hoped to see the Grand Canyon before she died. This past Friday, she said that she had traveled from her home to Arizona with her husband, mother and stepfather. She wrote on her website:
The Canyon was breathtakingly beautiful, and I was able to enjoy my time with the two things I love most: my family and nature.
Images taken during the trip to the Canyon show her kissing her husband, Dan, and embracing her mother and stepfather. However, she added, it was “impossible to forget my cancer”. She wrote:
Severe headaches and neck pain are never far away, and unfortunately the next morning I had my worst seizure thus far. My speech was paralyzed for quite a while after I regained consciousness, and the feeling of fatigue continued for the rest of the day.
Maynard gained nationwide attention earlier this month after she shared a poignant video in which she explained why she chose to end her life at the age 29, while campaigning to expand right-to-die laws. So far, the video has been viewed more than 8.6 million times. (Scroll down to see the video.)
1. Maynard, second right, and her husband were joined by her mother and stepfather.
2. Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old cancer sufferer who will end her life on November 1, is pictured with her husband Dan at the Grand Canyon.
3. She had hoped to take the trip before her death.
Maynard finished her post with a plea for right-to-die laws to be implemented all across the country:
My dream is that every terminally ill American has access to the choice to die on their own terms with dignity. Please take an active role to make this a reality. The person you’re helping may be someone you love, or even in the future, yourself.
What can I say, such a tragedy…
4. Maynard, who is an only child, is pictured with her mother, Deborah Ziegler, on the trip.
5. Maynard is pictured in a still from a video she released last month explaining why she wanted to take her life and calling for more states to implement a ‘Death with Dignity Act’, like Oregon.
6. A scan shows the Glioblastoma multiforme that would claim her life slowly within 14 months.
7. She is pictured with her husband, Dan. He said he is devastated he cannot spend the rest of his life with her, but understands she wants quality of life over quantity.
8. The couple on their wedding day a year ago. Dan spoke of how sad he is that he will not get to spend the rest of his life with the woman he married.
9. She hopes to be surrounded by her husband, mother, stepfather and best friend.
And here is the video:
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