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Brittany Maynard's Widower Recalls "Intense" Final Days

The death with dignity activist's widower remembers his wife's struggle in an interview set to air on the "Meredith Vieira Show" Wednesday.



    For those who knew cancer patient Brittany Maynard, one thing was perfectly clear: She was a fighter.

    But after battling terminal cancer, the 29-year-old ultimately decided to end her life on Nov. 1, 2014, with the help of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act.

    Two months after the decision made headlines across the country, Maynard's widow, Dan Diaz, is sharing new details about their final days together. He's also making it perfectly clear that his wife did not have second thoughts about her decision.

    "The weeks leading up to Brittany's death, her symptoms were getting bad," he reveals on Wednesday's all-new "Meredith Vieira Show." "Brittany's seizures were getting worse, they were getting more intense, they were becoming more frequent."

    And while videos of Maynard hit the web shortly before her death that showed the cancer patient looking healthy and vibrant, Diaz says the clips were taped up to three weeks beforehand.

    "Unfortunately, that video, just because of when it came out it gave the impression oh, well she looks healthy, but that was not the case whatsoever," he emotionally told Meredith Vieira. "Her health was deteriorating daily leading up to November 1st."

    On the morning of her death, Maynard suffered a small seizure in her bed around 7 a.m. After resting up, she was strong enough to enjoy one final walk with her family, closest friends and her beloved dogs.

    Once the group got back to the house, however, Diaz says his wife knew it was time to say goodbye.

    "That's what you struggle with: Here's the person I love, and I don't want to see her go, but the seizure that morning was a reminder of what she was risking. Because what was coming next was losing her eyesight, becoming paralyzed, inability to speak, and she'd be essentially trapped in her own body," Diaz shared. "You don't want to let go of your loved one, but to suggest that she should suffer for me, for anyone — no."

    To learn more about Maynard's story and the Death with Dignity Act, visit the family's official website here.