Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old terminally ill woman whose plight to die with dignity gained worldwide media attention, has died.
"Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love," Maynard posted on her Facebook page. "Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me ... but would have taken so much more. The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type ... Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!"
Last month, Maynard's video detailing why she was choosing to end her life after being diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma went viral. Maynard had moved to Oregon to take advantage of their Death with Dignity Act and revealed she would take a prescribed fatal dose of drugs on November 1, after she could celebrate her husband's birthday. Maynard spent her last months traveling and took her final trip to the Grand Canyon.
As for the legacy she leaves behind, Maynard told People, "For me what matters most is the way I'm remembered by my family and my husband as a good woman who did my best to be a good wife and a good daughter. Beyond that, getting involved with this campaign, I hope to be making a difference here. If I'm leaving a legacy, it's to change this health-care policy or be a part of this change of this health care policy so it becomes available to all Americans. That would be an enormous contribution to make, even if I'm just a piece of it."
Read more about Maynard here.