Maynard’s journey began on New Year’s Day 2015 when she was diagnosed with brain cancer. By April, she was told she had six months to live. She looked at treatment options — and side effects. She considered hospice care. Then she made her decision: doctor-assisted death.
In January 2015, Lecretia’s health entered a decline despite her treatments and she came to the end of her options for treating the cancer effectively.
Lecretia believed there should be a gentler, more compassionate way.
Noel Conway, who has motor neurone disease, is bringing a judicial review (in the UK) which could result in a change to the law on assisted dying to allow terminally ill adults who meet strict criteria to make their own decisions about ending their lives.
He said: “If I let nature take its course, I could effectively become entombed in my own body as my ability to move and communicate continues to diminish, or I may die by suffocation or choking.”