(NEW YORK) -- The family of Brittany Maynard is speaking out one day after California Governor Jerry Brown approved controversial "right-to-die" legislation. Tuesday also marks the one-year anniversary of Maynard's public battle to pass the legislation.
Maynard, who suffered from brain cancer, grabbed headlines last year after she announced that she moved to Oregon in order to take advantage of the state's “Death With Dignity” Act. Maynard decided to end her life last November with the support of her family and husband after doctors determined that her cancer was incurable.
A video posted Tuesday from Compassion and Choices, a nonprofit advocacy group that promotes "aid in dying" legislation, shows new footage of Maynard weeks before her death.
“When you realize you’re going to die and you realize how you’re going to die, you have choices to make and those choices aren’t easy,” she said in the video.
Maynard was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma, a particularly virulent form of brain cancer, in January 2014. Two months after her diagnosis Maynard's doctors told her she only had six months to live, according to her husband Dan Diaz.
Brittany Maynard died last year after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.
Diaz, who petitioned California lawmakers to pass the "right to die" legislation, told ABC News he was relieved after Gov. Brown signed the bill. The law allows physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally-ill patients with less than six months to live.
“I felt a huge sense of pride and love for Brittany for beginning this conversation last year,” Diaz said.
Diaz said Maynard had wanted to speak out so that no one else would have to go through the same experience she did. He said he remains frustrated that they had to move states and find a new medical team after Maynard was given just six months to live.
“All of these people, these stories, that’s why Brittany was speaking up. It was not just about her,” said Diaz. “It was about anyone who would find themselves in this horrible predicament.”
Maynard moved to Oregon so she could be given a prescription that would end her life.
In the new video Maynard said her decision to share her story publicly wasn't easy. "I decided to share it because I felt that this issue of death with dignity is misunderstood by many people in our community and culture," she said.
Diaz said he plans to continue his fight to pass “aid-in-dying” legislation in more states.
“My promise with Brittany was to do what I can to help move legislation forward so that no one else goes through what she went through,” said Diaz. “The fact that one voice can make such a difference and Brittany’s voice certainly did…it’s a tribute to her.”
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