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Terminally Ill Woman Receives Plea From Another To Not End Her Own Life

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A terminally ill woman who plans to end her own life has received a letter from another terminal cancer patient pleading with her to not go through with her plan.

Brittany Maynard, 29, has stage 4 glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, and doctors have given her only six months to live.

Maynard has made the decision to end her own life on November 1 with the assistance of doctor prescribed pills so she may experience no pain, reports The Daily Mail.

In a video released by Maynard, she discussed her desire to die with dignity and encouraged other states to make the practice of doctor assisted suicide legal.

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Maynard and her husband moved to Oregon earlier this year where doctor assisted suicide is legal because of a death-with-dignity law. Vermont and Washington also allow the practice.

Kara Tippetts, 36, who has terminal breast cancer, wrote a letter on A Holy Experience to Maynard pleading with her to not take her own life.

Tippets wrote in part:

"Brittany, your life matters, your story matters, and your suffering matters. Thank you for stepping out from the privacy of your own story and sharing it openly. 

We see you, we see your life, and there are countless lovers of your heart that are praying you would change your mind.

Brittany, I love you, and I’m sorry you are dying. I am sorry that we are both being asked to walk a road that feels simply impossible to walk."

Tippets continues her letter by stating why Maynard should not end her life and how she hopes she has religion to assist her in this difficult time.

"In your choosing your own death, you are robbing those that love you with the such tenderness, the opportunity of meeting you in your last moments and extending you love in your last breaths."

"Knowing Jesus, knowing that He understands my hard goodbye, He walks with me in my dying. My heart longs for you to know Him in your dying. Because in His dying,He protected my living. My living beyond this place.

Brittany, when we trust Jesus to be the carrier, protecter, redeemer of our hearts, death is no longer dying. My heart longs for you to know this truth, this love, this forever living."

While Tippet’s claims at the beginning of the letter that it was important for Maynard to make people aware of Oregon’s death-with-dignity law, she clearly shows her distaste for it further into the letter.

"The doctor that prescribed you that pill you carry with you that will hasten your last breath has walked away from the hippocratic oath that says, “first, do no harm.” He or she has walked away from the oath that has protected life and the beautiful dying we are granted. The doctors agreeing to such medicine are walking away from the beautiful protection of the hippocratic oath."

Tippet ends the letter with a link to her recently published book, “The Hardest Peace,” about her battle dying of cancer and “of living this breath,” and to “embrace our living, and to look upon our dying with grace.”

Tippets even offered to meet Maynard if she would like, reports The Blaze.

Maynard’s choice to end her life is not one she made easily.

“There is not a cell in my body that is suicidal or that wants to die,” Maynard said. “I want to live. I wish there was a cure for my disease but there's not.”

Maynard has already obtained the pills from her doctor and plans to take them with her husband, mother, stepfather, and best friend around her, while she lays in her bed and listens to her favorite music.

“I can’t even tell you the amount of relief that it provided me to know that I don’t have to die the way it’s been described to me that my brain tumor would take me on its own,” Maynard said.

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