Brittany Maynard's Husband Speaks Out About Wife's Final Moments, Her Fight To Die With Dignity

January 14, 2015 10:50 PM

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The actress was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 in 2008. One month later, after learning she had tested positive for the BRCA1 gene (also known as the breast cancer gene), she underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy, rather than opting for radiation or chemotherapy, she told ABC's Good Morning America at the time. "I didn't want to go back to the doctors every four months for testing and squishing and everything. I just wanted to kind of get rid of this whole thing for me. This was the choice that I made and it was a tough one," she said in the interview. "Sometimes, you know, I cry. And sometimes I scream. And I get really angry. And I get really upset, you know, into wallowing in self-pity sometimes. And I think that it's all part of the healing." In 2011, Applegate gave birth to her first child, daughter Sadie. "She's healed me in so many ways," she told People magazine.

The MTV star was first diagnosed with stage 2 ovarian cancer in September 2005 at just 24 years old, Glamour reported in 2006 -- one ovary, several lymph nodes and part of one fallopian tube were removed, according to the magazine. "I had no idea why this was happening to me. I’m a healthy girl: I’m...

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