A Phoenix woman who had stage 4 brain cancer, the same ailment from which Brittany Maynard suffered before taking her own life last weekend, survived and is now speaking out.
She wrote an op-ed for CNN explaining her choice:
“After months of research, my family and I reached a heartbreaking conclusion: there is no treatment that would save my life, and the recommended treatments would have destroyed the time I had left.”
Heather Knies said she had the same condition as Maynard, and beat it after going through two brain surgeries at Barrow Neurological Institute of St. Joseph’s Hospital, along with chemotherapy and radiation.
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Knies said she felt “heartbroken” after Maynard used doctor-prescribed medication to terminate her own life Sunday. “I wanted her to fight it and beat it,” she told 3TV.
“She didn’t want to go through it and everyone has the right to choose. I just want people to know there’s another choice. You can fight and be an outlier and be a survivor.”
While Knies does not condemn Maynard, she spoke out in hoping that people will fight for living and beating the disease, or any terminal illness.
“I just want anyone faced with a deadly disease to know if you put up a fight, you have a chance of winning, too.”
Knies also told 3TV she is not “cured,” still going for MRIs every three months.