Brittany Maynard’s story is inspiring- I wish Brittany all the very best as she embarks on the last leg of the journey. I am glad that Brittany is in a country that allowed her to make peace within herself and to have opportunity to say all the important good-byes in her own terms to the people she loved.
If Brittany was a Nigerian her story would definitely be different. I do hope my people who have opportunity to read Brittany story would not only read but share information among family and friends – we have a lot to learn from her story.
Needless secrecy around illness in Nigeria cut across class, even the educated and public figures who should know better would rather leave everyone speculating than share the truth about their illness so concerned citizens could learn.
I watched with interest earlier this year when Prof Dora Akunyili appeared at the National Conference looking a shadow of her former self, Nigerians who have benefited from Professor Akunyili’s amazing work at NAFDAC were concerned, we wanted to know why our national hero looked so sick. I had trusted Dora to be open and honest about her illness but she did what most Nigerians would do – initially denied having cancer and after the pressure from concerned Nigerians, she did lament she was coming out of a ‘major illness’ but never made mention of what the illness was. Because I respected her and her work so much, I wrote a piece detailing how disappointed I was about her failing to tell simple truth expected of her. I also shared how following Ivan Noble, a British journalist who shared detailed of his battle with brain tumour with the whole world in 2005 helped to relief me of burden of finding the truth about Mayowa’s death. Here (apologies, more like a short story than blog post).
Thank you so much Brittany for sharing your story and for educating us about deadly tumour that is Glioblastoma. Good luck to you and family.