Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill woman who ended her life on November 1, appeared in a new video released Wednesday in honor of what would have been her 30th birthday.
Maynard shed additional light in the footage on why she chose to take her brain cancer battle public and urged additional states to pass death with dignity laws for terminally ill patients.
"I decided to share my story because I felt like this issue of death with dignity is misunderstood by many people in our community and culture," she said. "And I really wanted people to understand that as I went through the process of being approved for death with dignity, that I felt very valued by my physicians here and very protected."
Maynard ensured viewers that she was not coerced into her decision and that she hopes that her family passes along the torch of helping push death with dignity laws across the U.S.
"It's not a fear-based choice. It's a logic-based choice," she said of her decision to end her life, going on to encourage viewers to "never be afraid" to use their own voice on matters of importance.
Watch the video below:
Read more about Maynard's story here.
(H/T: Daily Mail)