- Brittany Maynard died on November 1, 2014
- Her legacy was not defined by the manner in which she died, writes her husband, Dan Diaz
Dan Diaz was Brittany Maynard's husband and lives in Alamo, California. He is now a consultant for Compassion & Choices, a national end-of-life care advocacy organization. The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)A little more than 18 months ago, I held my wife, Brittany Maynard, in my arms as she fell asleep and passed away, peacefully. She did so after consuming aid-in-dying medication, instead of allowing brain cancer to continue imposing its slow and torturous death upon her. This Thursday, a California law will go into effect that will give a terminally ill individual who qualifies the ability to request aid-in-dying medication, letting them also have the option of a similarly gentle passing if it becomes necessary.