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Even though he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer three years ago – and told he had only about four months to live – J. J. Hanson is still alive and fighting efforts to legalize assisted suicide.
Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
On the same day that Brittany Maynard chose to end her own life, a 17 year-old cheerleader named Nina Poeta also succumbed to a brain tumor but only after waging a valiant fight that inspired an entire community.
The terminally ill woman whose controversial decision to end her own life rather than face death from a brain tumor, has passed away at the age of 29.
Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of the Diocese of Portland, Oregon says the kind of death chosen by 29 year-old brain cancer victim, Brittany Maynard, who is planning to die on Saturday, "sows confusion about the purpose of life and death".
A young seminarian with incurable brain cancer is praying that 29 year-old Brittany Maynard, who is suffering the same plight and publicly announced plans to take her life with prescription drugs on November 1, is asking her to choose to fight instead so that her life and witness can be an example and inspiration to others.
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