Brittany Maynard’s tragic struggle with a terminal brain tumor — and her controversial decision to willingly end her life November 1 — have been at the forefront of media coverage this week, as she spends what will likely be her last weeks on Earth advocating for death with dignity laws in states across America.
But as her story continues to nab attention and spark debate, another woman with terminal cancer is speaking out in an open letter released this week, begging Maynard to reconsider her stance.
Kara Tippetts, 38, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is suffering from terminal breast cancer and says that she — like Maynard — doesn’t have much time to live.
Tippets, a mother of four and the author of the new book “The Hardest Peace,” recently released the open letter to Maynard that addresses end-of-life issues and details her faith in Jesus Christ, according to Deseret News.
“My heart ached for you, and I’m simply grieved by your terminal brain tumor, for the less than 6 months the doctor’s gave you, you just past your 29th birthday,” Tippets wrote in a blog entry for Holy Experience. “I too am dying, Brittany.”
Speaking with “a heart full of love,” Tippets thanked Maynard for sharing her story and said that she understands what it’s like to know that one’s life is coming to a close — but added that she believes Maynard is making a terrible mistake.
“Suffering is not the absence of goodness, it is not the absence of beauty, but perhaps it can be the place where true beauty can be known,” Tippetts wrote, claiming that people aren’t meant to choose when they take their last breath. “In your choosing your own death, you are robbing those that love you with the such tenderness, the opportunity of meeting you in your last moments and extending you love in your last breaths.”
Tippets, a Christian, said that she believes Jesus has been journeying with her throughout her ordeal. She also expressed her wish for Maynard to understand that Christ is the “carrier, protecter, redeemer of our hearts” and that life doesn’t end after one’s Earthly existence.
“You have been told a lie. A horrible lie, that your dying will not be beautiful,” she continued. “That the suffering will be too great.”
But rather than condemn Maynard, Tippetts asked her to forgive the Christians who might be viciously attacking her decision to end her life — and she pleaded with her to change her mind about taking the pill.
“[Jesus] loves you. He died an awful death upon a cross so that you would know Him today that we would no longer live separate from Him and in our death,” he said. “He died and His death happened, it is not simply a story.”
Tippetts even offered to hop on a plane and meet with Maynard if she’s willing. Read the letter in its entirety here.
(H/T: Deseret News)