LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A young American woman with terminal cancer who triggered shock and controversy when she said she would kill herself on November 1 now says she may wait a little longer.
Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old brain cancer sufferer, made headlines earlier this month when a video of her making her suicide threat went viral and was seen by millions of web-users.
On Thursday she released a new video in which she said she might temporarily delay her appointment with a self-administered cocktail of potentially deadly drugs.
“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,” she said.
“But it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker. It’s happening each week,” she said in the video posted on a site set up to raise funds to support right-to-die advocates: www.thebrittanyfund.org.
In January, Maynard was given six months to live and told her death would be painful because of the aggressive nature of her cancer.
She had been trying for a first child with her husband Dan Diaz at the time, but gave up due to her disease.
Maynard and her husband, who had just married when she began having severe headaches, moved from their home in California to Oregon, one of a handful of states with a “right-to-die” law.
A doctor could therefore prescribe her the medication she needs to end her own life, surrounded by her family in the bedroom she shares with her husband.
Earlier in October, a first video went viral. It has now been viewed more than 9 million times on YouTube. Some 3.5 million people have visited the www.thebrittanyfund.org website.
Her story has made headlines around the world: she was featured on the cover of last week’s People magazine in the United States.
She has previously said she planned to end her life after her husband’s birthday on October 26, but before her own on November 19. The new video was recorded on October 13.