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Update:Terminally ill woman says now ‘doesn’t seem like the right time’ to die

Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill woman who went public with her decision to end her life, said in a video released Wednesday that she has yet to decide on the date to end her life. 

The 29-year-old Oregon woman says she is waiting to see how her symptoms progress before deciding on a date, but that she's still determined to make the decision to end her life before she becomes too ill.

“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 says in a video released to CNN on Wednesday. “But it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker. It’s happening each week.”

Maynard has stage 4 glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. There is no cure and, in April, she was given six months to live.

She recently visited the Grand Canyon, after previously stating  it was one place she hoped to visit before she died.

Maynard's story spread rapidly on social media after she publicly announced her plans to use medication to end her life. She has become a leader in the "death with dignity" movement, which advocates for terminally ill people to die on their own terms.

"When people criticize me for not waiting longer, or, you know, whatever they've decided is best for me, it hurts," Maynard says in the most recent video released by end-of-life choice advocacy group Compassion & Choices, "because really, I risk it every day, every day that I wake up."

In the video, Maynard discusses her fear of waiting too long to end her life.

"The worst thing that could happen to me is that I wait too long because I'm trying to seize each day," she says, "but I somehow have my autonomy taken away from me by my disease because of the nature of my cancer."

 

PREVIOUS REPORT (Oct. 27, 2014):

The young woman who has chosen to die on Nov. 1, using Oregon’s assisted suicide law, has spoken publicly for the last time a representative said Monday.

>>NEW:  Photos from her October 24th Grand Canyon visit

Brittany Maynard, 29, told People magazine  in a new interview that she is firm in her decision.

“I don’t want to die but I am dying,” Maynard said. “My [cancer] is going to kill me, and it’s a terrible, terrible way to die. So to be able to die with my family with me, to have control over my own mind, which I would stand to lose – to go with dignity is less terrifying.”

On her personal blog  earlier this month, Maynard thanked her supporters and, especially, her husband.

“The response from you all has surpassed our wildest expectations. On behalf of my family, thank you for the outpouring of love and support.

This journey has been challenging, to say the least. We’ve uprooted our lives. I take prescription drugs to reduce the swelling in my brain, that have caused my entire body to swell instead. Dan and I have given up our dreams of having a family. My mother is soon to lose her only child. We can all agree that no parent should bury their child.

I didn’t launch this campaign because I wanted attention; in fact, it’s hard for me to process it all. I did this because I want to see a world where everyone has access to death with dignity, as I have had. My journey is easier because of this choice.

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.”

PREVIOUS REPORT (Oct. 7, 2014):

Brittany Maynard has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, run half marathons and traveled to exotic spots around the world.

But on Nov. 1, the 29-year-old with a lust for life will die.

Maynard has stage 4 glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. There is no cure and, in April, she was given six months to live.

Maynard intends to end her own life Nov. 1 with medication prescribed to her by her doctor. But she says her decision does not make this a suicide.

"There is not a cell in my body that is suicidal or that wants to die," Maynard told PEOPLE magazine. "I want to live. I wish there was a cure for my disease but there's not." 

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Maynard has launched an online video campaign with the nonprofit group Compassion & Choices, an end-of-life choice advocacy organization. She will spend her last few weeks fighting for expanding death-with-dignity laws nationwide.

"My glioblastoma is going to kill me, and that's out of my control," she told PEOPLE. "I've discussed with many experts how I would die from it, and it's a terrible, terrible way to die. Being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying." 

The Nov. 1 date was chosen so that Maynard could celebrate her husband Dan's birthday.

"I really wanted to celebrate my husband's birthday, which is October 30," she says. "I'm getting sicker, dealing with more pain and seizures and difficulties so I just selected it." 

According to PEOPLE, Maynard and her entire family moved to Portland after her diagnosis in order to have access to Oregon’s Death and Dignity Act. The law has been in place in Portland since 1997 and more than 750 people have reportedly used it to legally choose death by prescription medication.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:52:06 -0700

Teen cyclist killed in crash identified

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner has released the name of the 15-year old victim, killed on his way to Monta Vista High School on Monday.

Ethan Wong, a sophomore, had been on his bike when he was hit and killed by a passing big rig. The truck driver, now cooperating with authorities, didn't even realize he'd hit someone.

A steady stream of people have been paying their respects at the scene. One student, from a neighboring school, noted how much different this tragedy feels, from the kind they read about in school.

"We often study this idea of innocent young death. And having it actually happen, I think, is something that hits you in the heart," says student Crystal Guo.

School district officials have been offering support to the family and brought in grief counselors for students. They describe Ethan Wong as beloved by all.

"He was a dedicated and accomplished student, worked hard, loved his friends, loved his family, was an active member of the Monta Vista High School cross country team, a loyal boy scout. He is, was and always will be loved and missed," says Sue Larson, spokesperson for the Fremont Union High School District.

Authorities are still trying to determine how this accident happened. But say the truck did not appear to be breaking any city ordinances that day. The driver's name has not yet been released.

Feri Zamani, whose children knew Ethan Wong, said her family is devastated by this loss.

"He was wonderful; he was very nice to other people. He was very respectful. All the good qualities a person could have, he had," says Zamani.

Students also planned a private vigil at the high school Wednesday night to honor Wong's memory.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:28:56 -0700

1 shot in post-game celebrations

One person has been shot in the Mission District as San Francisco burst into spontaneous celebrations citywide Wednesday night following the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory against the Kansas City Royals, according to police.

The shooting occurred at 21st and Valencia streets, according to police spokesman Gordon Shyy.

The victim was shot in the arm and is expected to survive the injury. The suspect is at large and there is no description at this time, Shyy said.

Fans have taken over streets in various locations in the Mission District and Civic Center, and there have been some incidents of firecrackers being set off, according to Shyy.

Police have made a few arrests so far and are working to maintain the flow of traffic and keep fans safe, Shyy said.

The Giants defeated the Royals 3-2 in Kansas City, with Madison Bumgarner throwing five shutout innings after two stellar starts earlier in the World Series.

Both teams scored twice in the second inning and Michael Morse hit a broken-bat RBI single in the fourth to score Pablo Sandoval with what proved to be the winning run. Sandoval reached base all four times in the game.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced this evening that the city will hold a victory parade for the Giants on Friday.

Lee congratulated the Giants for their third World Series win in five years.

"This world-class organization brought our city together as only our hometown heroes can," Lee said in a statement.

"San Francisco waits with giant anticipation for the return of our hometown team so we can celebrate as one city with a parade down Market Street to welcome them home," he said.

The parade is scheduled to start at noon at Market and Steuart Streets and continue down Market Street to Civic Center Plaza.

The team's World Series-clinching wins in 2010 and 2012 also came on the road.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:08:13 -0700

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