In early November Brittany Maynard chose to take her own life while fighting terminal brain cancer. She opted to take her life via prescribed medicine from a doctor as a part of the Die With Dignity act.
In letters published in the New York Daily News, both Maynard’s husband Dan Diaz and her mother Deborah Ziegler talk about their fondest memories of her.
Ziegler discussed the early stages of her fight with the cancer and how aggressively Maynard faced the reality of the cancer being terminal.
Near the end of her letter, Ziegler talked about the day of her death and how the family walked through the woods, one of Maynard’s favorite places.
“I am so proud to have been her mother that my heart is full to bursting,” she said at the end.
Maynard’s husband, Dan Diaz, also wrote about fond memories he shared with his wife, who was diagnosed January 1st, 2014.
He talked about the move to Oregon so she could make the decision to end her own life, as it isn’t legal in California.
Diaz said many people he met told him Maynard was brave, but that was just the normal Maynard he knew. She didn’t want those with similar diseases to be afraid of death.
The holidays are a tough time for Diaz, as he said he spent much of it with Maynard decorating their home.
“These days I carry her driver’s license in my wallet, right in front of mine. Whenever I’m paying for something at the grocery store, I see her picture. I think of her smile, her laugh, our conversations. She’s the woman I love,” Diaz said to finish his letter.
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