In early November 2014, Brittany Maynard ended her own life after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
Maynard, 29, grabbed the national spotlight after publicizing that she and her husband, Dan Diaz, moved to Portland so she could use Oregon’s law to end her life on her own terms. She was diagnosed in January 2014. She died Nov. 1.
Diaz talked about their story and what it’s been like since Brittany’s death in an interview that aired Wednesday on Today. From the beginning, Brittany said she would end her life on Nov. 1, two days after his birthday. On Oct. 29, she said in a video posted online that it didn’t seem like the “right time to die.”
“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 in a video. “But it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker. It’s happening each week.”
When Nov. 1 arrived, Diaz said his wife suffered a seizure shortly after waking up that morning.
Diaz said she then knew “it was her time,” that Maynard faced becoming blind, paralyzed and unable to speak.
Brittany went on a walk through the woods with her husband, family members a friend and her dog. And she ended her life later that day.
When asked if he felt it was her time to go, Diaz said the decision was hers alone.
“That’s the thing is, is you don’t want to let go of your loved one,” Diaz says in the interview. “But to suggest that she should suffer for me, for anyone? No. That’s what you struggle with. Here’s the person I love and I don’t want to see her go.”
The full interview will air today on The Meredith Vieira Show.