BRISTOL, Conn. — A Connecticut woman with the same brain tumor as Brittany Maynard is sending her an encouraging message.
“Let’s choose life.”
Maggie Karner has the same brain tumor as Maynard and has created a video message encouraging her not to end her life.
The video comes after Maynard, 29, made national headlines after announcing she would end her life on her own terms following the diagnosis.
Recently, Maynard said she hasn’t decided when she would take that medication.
“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.”
The Oregon woman’s story spread rapidly on social media after she revealed her plans to take medication to end her life. A video explaining her choice has garnered more than 8.8 million views on YouTube.
And she’s become a prominent spokeswoman for the “death with dignity” movement, which advocates that terminally ill patients be allowed to receive medication that will let them die on their own terms.
Maynard says her health has been getting worse. She describes a recent “terrifying” day when she had two seizures and found herself unable to say her husband’s name.
Maynard has stressed that she isn’t suicidal.
“If all my dreams came true, I would somehow survive this,” she says in her latest video, “but most likely, I won’t.”