After visiting the Grand Canyon and celebrating her husband's birthday last week, terminally ill Brittany Maynard chose "death with dignity" when she ended her own life yesterday. Maynard, a 29-year-old newlywed, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour earlier this year and given six months to live this Spring. According to People, her goodbye message reads:
"Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me . . . but would have taken so much more. The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type . . . Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!"