In October, terminally ill cancer patient, Brittany Maynard, announced that she was going to take her own life under Oregon’s assisted suicide law on November 1. Oregon is one of five states in the United States, along with New Mexico, Montana, Washington, and Vermont that allow assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
In response to Maynard’s announcement, countless voices urged her to reconsider, including Joni Eareckson Tada and other terminally ill patients. One patient, Kara Tippetts, wrote Brittany an open letter sharing her own story of being diagnosed with stage four-breast cancer at the age of 36.
Tippetts has been battling that cancer for two years and has four young children; however, now Tippetts has entered hospice care.
According to the American Conservative she said, “My little body has grown tired of battle and treatment is no longer helping. But what I see, what I know, what I have is Jesus. He has still given me breath, and with it I pray I would live well and fade well.”
Tippetts courage has garnered nationwide attention and she recently published a book titled The Hardest Place, Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard, where she shares more about her journey through cancer. In her letter to Brittany Maynard she said, “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. With a heavy heart, I left my home and headed for my oncologist. I too am dying, Brittany.”
Tippetts continued, “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 Maynard. “In your choosing your own death, you are robbing those that love you with such tenderness, the opportunity of meeting you in your last moments and extending you love in your last breaths.”
In her latest blog post on her website, Tippetts said, “As I have moments left to live I get to pray into eternity my hopes and fears for the moments of my loves. I get to laugh and cry and wonder over heaven. I do not feel like I have the courage for this journey, but I have Jesus — and He will provide it. He has given me so much to be grateful for, and that gratitude, that wondering over His love will cover us all. And it will carry us — carry us in ways we cannot comprehend.”
Please take some time today to pray for Tippetts family as they enter this new stage in Kara’s journey.