I put this on Facebook this morning. I have thought about this young lady since first hearing her story. It's heartbreaking, yet one that many people will have to face in their lifetime.
The day after Thanksgiving in 2005 I got a headache. It was just a normal headache at first, but by the next morning I was in dire pain and I drove myself to the hospital around 4am. The headache had turned in to a full blown migraine, and unlike any headache I had ever had. It stayed with me for 10-12 full days. I went to the hospital twice that day, and 2 or 3 times after that. It wouldn't go away. I laid in bed at my house with my heat off and all of my blinds closed for 10 days. My mom would come over and would have to wear a coat in my house it was so cold, but I couldn't experience any sort of heat or my head would hurt worse. I probably lost about 13 lbs in those 10-12 days as my nutrition was only a sip of Sprite here and there and a saltine cracker. Anything else and I would throw up. I recall by the 7th day telling my mom I couldn't live like this and I had never felt more like dying than I had that week. Luckily for me, my headache left after almost 2 weeks. Brittany Maynard does not need my approval; however, I 100% agree with her right to die with dignity and to not suffer in pain and agony. I would truly hope if I was in her shoes, I would have the same right. You may not agree with me, but you also have not lived through what this young lady has lived through. So, until then, save your "I would never" and your criticism of her until you have to actually make the same choice she has.