Brittany Maynard ended her life by suicide on November 1, 2014. She was suffering from a rare form of terminal brain cancer and the doctors told her she had little time to live. She chose to live out her life “On her terms.” There are many I’ve heard who agree with her decision, but not near as many are vocal in their disagreement. Consider a few other perspectives…
First, a man who had the same cancer as Mrs. Maynard with the same prognosis… and has lived 13 more years (As of 11/3/14).
Did you hear about Lauren Hill who with brain cancer who chose to play college basketball as long as she could?
Next, consider Joni Tada who has been a quadriplegic for decades and what she has written to Brittany.
Then there is the example many remember of “Little Joe” from Bonanza who fought pancreatic cancer… Michael Landon.
Last, and probably best for believers, is a good word from Desiring God about the right to life and the wrong of suicide in situations such as Mrs. Maynard.
NOT choosing suicide is also living out life on a person’s own terms. There is a difference between a life ending as God’s providence wills and a life being ended by a person’s own hand. At some point we will all have to face death… till then we live to glorify God. I know there are many ethical issues surrounding this topic and I know I haven’t walked in those shoes (Yet). So when my time does come as it inevitably will, I pray that I will honor God as best I can. Sadly, I do not think that Mrs. Maynard honored God by taking her own life.