The Ability to Die on Your Own Terms

Brittany Maynard, the woman who recently became an advocate for the rights of patients to end their own life, ended hers on November 1st. Maynard was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of brain cancer that left her with only six months to live. After finding this out she decided to move to Oregon so that she could choose when she could end her life. Maynard had a quote that stuck with most people “I want to die on my own terms.” She also made it clear that she was not suicidal. She decided to end her life on November 1st because her husband’s birthday was in late October.

Huffington Post posted this information on Twitter, and CNN did as well. Many people showed an overwhelming amount of support for Maynard’s decision to end her own life.

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The use of social media is great. The photo above displays comments from the Huffington Post Facebook. This says and shows that a large amount of people believe that they should have the right to end their own life as long as they are terminally ill. Twitter had the same reaction as well, many people blessed her soul and discussed how brave she was for speaking out about this controversial issue. The use of social media really helped people get Brittany’s story out. She frequently discussed that she was not suicidal, but that she did not want to die in pain.

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3 thoughts on “The Ability to Die on Your Own Terms

  1. Recently social media has been covering events just as thoroughly as traditional media types, and this is a good example. I agree with most of the comments displayed above because who are we to force someone else to suffer. I’m not sure what the opposing side is doing on social media but I’m sure they’re doing something, making this a fair debate, which is something I can really appreciate.


  2. This has always been a debate whether picking when to die or not is right, if you have a terminal illness. I find if very interesting that social media is changing the view point of all of this. It was better for her not die in pain and is understandable why she made this choice. Maybe with people bringing this to social media, other people can have the chance to make the same decision. I am seeing social media as a huge game changer here, and in this case it is for the better for those suffering from terminal illnesses. Great post!


  3. I actually support this 100%, everyone should have the choice if they are terminally ill. Social media has brought this to the forefront of many outlets. The support and compassion that was sent to the family was awesome.


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