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The Brittany Maynard case is most interesting because it was not your usual “Dr. Kevorkian” assisted suicide issue. Rather, this was a young, vibrant woman in the prime of her life, facing inevitable death and knowing she had less than six months to live due to brain cancer, and she chose to end her life humanely. Brittany’s story is about choosing control over how to end her suffering. As a professional, I must uphold my nursing practice and promote the health, well-being and safety of my patients. In Connecticut where I live and practice, the laws currently prevent patients from ending their life such as Brittany did. If the laws in my state allowed patients to die with dignity such as the State of Oregon did, I would support the patient in every way possible. Facing metastatic brain cancer and losing control of her body and mind was something Brittany Maynard wanted to have power over. As a nurse, it is my duty to respect the autonomy of my patients.

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