However in April Brittany's doctors informed her that the tumors had returned and she had only 6 more months to live. She was also told that when her time came it would be extremely painful. After hearing the news Brittany decided that she would not allow her death to come in such a way. She decided to move to Oregon, one of for states which allow assisted suicide (the others being Vermont, Washington, and Montana). She then received a prescription for the drugs which would end her life... now she waits.
Brittany has decided to end her life on November 1, in her own bedroom, surrounded by her family... her mother, stepfather, husband, and best friend. She claims that she is no suicidal... "If I were, I would have consumed that medication long ago. I do not want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms."
Assisted suicide is one of the most hotly debated issues in our society. Some claim that any form of a person willingly ending their own life is immoral and in some cases doctors who have helped terminally ill patients end their lives have been prosecuted. Others feel that in cases like Brittany's, doctors should be allowed to help patients end their lives in a dignified way.
The debate continues...