Man With Brain Cancer a Contrast to Brittany Maynard: “I’m Fighting to My Last Breath”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 4, 2014   |   11:20AM   |   Milwaukee, WI

While the world has focused on Brittany Maynard and her decision to take her own life via assisted suicide, other patients with terminal brain cancer who are fighting for life have received much less attention.

In the wake of her decision to take her life over the weekend, one man says he is “fighting to my last breath.” Like Maynard, he was also given a terminal diagnosis and told he would not live much longer. But he has a much different outlook.

From the story:

noahgilday“I just think she may have given up too early,” says 22-year-old Noah Gilday.

It may not look like it, but Gilday is living with stage four Glioblastoma Multiforme. A golf ball-sized tumor was found by doctors growing in the center of his brain.

Noah says he hasn’t lost hope, getting surgeries and even traveling to Mexico for treatments not approved in the U.S.

He says it’s unimaginable for him to ever make the decision Brittany did: Move to Oregon, then take advantage of a law that allows a terminally ill person to take a prescription that will kill you.

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“She wasn’t perfectly fine but she still had a lot of life in her and i feel like that was too soon,” says Gilday.

Gilday says he already knows his wish.

“End my life like that? No. I’m fighting to the last breath and that’s all there is about it,” said Gilday.