This Dying Woman Has Cancer Like Brittany Maynard, But Her Response is Priceless Lizz Lovett could choose to take her own life. As an Oregon resident stricken with advanced stage kidney cancer, Lovett could lawfully utilize Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act to end her life prematurely through euthanasia.
This path, chosen by many, was recently launched to the media forefront by Brittany Maynard’s choice to end her own life last year when diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
When a surgical procedure last spring failed to remove Lovett’s cancer, the wife and mother of four chose a different path. “My life is not a story written by cancer – it’s written by love,” she said. With the help of friend Chris Stefanick, Lovett and her husband, Ryan, released a video documenting her courageous experience.
“I think [Stefanick] saw we still lived joyful lives, and that cancer didn’t define who we are,” Lovett said. “He said he was struck by the dramatic juxtaposition between our life – taking each day as a gift for us to give and receive – and Ms. Maynard’s, where she appeared to want control, by taking her own life.”
In the powerful video, Lovett shared why she is choosing to live despite her terminal diagnosis. “While many of us do not agree on how to think about euthanasia, I do think many of us can still be touched by beauty,” Lovett said. “And from that common experience, I hope we can reconnect how we think about the world and – perhaps – be persuaded to be open in a new way to life.”
Many members of Lovett’s family still hold to the “pro-choice” viewpoint that death by euthanasia is a lawful right. Lovett hopes her story can reach out to them and others faced with this difficult deliberation.
Suffering, Lovett argues, is not the problem. “I hope people will see there can be great joy and love in suffering, and great joy and love can come from it too,” Lovett said. “The stuff of life that has the most meaning – the opportunities for grace, the moments of littleness, humility and weakness that can be made into something so powerful through faith – are in danger of being snuffed out, removed before they even have a chance to occur.”
Lovett believes true dignity is found in living each and every day with love. Finding strength in her faith, Lovett continues to appreciate the time she has left with her family with new perspective.
“Life, indeed, is short,” she said. “And of course, everyone is going to die. I just have a better idea than most of when that may be. I think it is blessing in some ways to have that clarity as I live life each day.”
Her children – aged 2 to 7 – and her husband, remain consistent blessings. Lovett names Ryan as her “backbone of strength.” And Lovett is grateful for the outpouring of support that friends and community members have showered on her family.
“By ending my life prematurely, I lose the opportunity to love, and to be loved,” Lovett said. “We are all in each other’s lives for a reason. This is our journey, something we do together. When we feel the pressure – whether interiorly or from outsiders, subtly or otherwise – to just end it all because we are inconvenient, nothing could be further from the truth. It is through this suffering that our faith grows, our love grows, and the world is transformed, one relationship at a time.”
“I hope people will learn not to confuse an undignified circumstance with a lack of real dignity. I hope people will learn not to confuse pain with suffering. That people will see that what gives our lives greatest meaning is not feeling good, but being good: feeling good is not compatible with suffering, but being good is.
“And since the issue of euthanasia is not going away, I wanted my voice to be heard – to offer a truthful witness to what death with dignity really means.”

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MA in MO

I believe this is a decision that is totally personnel and should be kept out of the political, media, religious discussion. This should be up to each and every individual without all of this “do it my way” crappola! Now, before someone jumps my case here are several of my personnel experiences. — I watched my mother slowly die of cancer. She had a double mastecomy approx eleven years before she died of stomach cancer. This was a slow agnoizing death. Because of the stupid drug laws, the doctor was unable to provide her with the super strength painkillers she… Read more »


So true, and that is the part of her choice that I would struggle coming to terms with if everyone had to die ‘her way’. Especially the part about ‘people that should have died live for years longer’ part. I feel that is a curse, in my instance, not a miracle. I loved my Oma more than I can say, my fondest childhood memories are with her. After Opa died she quickly deteriorated into dementia. She died a decade later than she was projected to, unable to remember who her family was, speak English (her memories were that of when… Read more »

MA in MO

Heartbreaking. I often wonder if the “Miracle of Modern Medicine” is really a miracle or a curse. Prayers.

Paul H. Lemmen

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Lizz Lovett is truly an inspiring person, of immense courage and dignity, sharing a crucial part of life with us. We may not choose her way but it is HER way, between her and God, thus we cannot put anything negative on it.
This is pretty much the position that most Christian Friends [Quakers] would take; I hope I have as much strength as she does when my time comes.

Steven Broiles

Most of us have a horror of physical suffering. I know I do. But the hive-mind mentality persists. Lizz states the social side of the problem succinctly: The “right” to die becomes the “duty” to die once “death with dignity” becomes law: The refusal to die becomes “undignified,” as it were. This thinking is straight out of the mind of Satan! I used to think that communism was the worst of all modern ideas. The New World Order will be communistic. (Probably in the Fabian socialist stripe or “flavah.”) But EUGENICS is the absolute worst idea to come down the… Read more »


Every one has the right to thr own opinion about dying, and i dont need someone to judge what i do, Its none of your dam business.

Dr. Eowyn

What kind of business is a “dam” business? Snark

Dr. Eowyn

The example of Christ shows that not all suffering is evil. Offer your suffering to Him as redemptive suffering.