A law on the books in only five U.S. states will allow a dying woman to live her remaining days however she so pleases.
Brittany Maynard, 29, teamed up with an advocacy group called Compassion and Choices to post a six-minute Youtube video in which she describes her debilitating headaches and eventual brain-cancer diagnosis. She was given six months to live.
"The thoughts that go through your mind when you find out you have so little time is everything that you need to say to everyone that you love," Maynard says in the video.
Maynard's mother and husband also speak in the video, that in its first 24 hours had amassed nearly 400,000 views by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Detailing how she's been spending her final months this year, Maynard couldn't hide a smile while describing her trips to Alaska and Yosemite National Park, among others.
"Before I pass, I'm hoping to make it to the Grand Canyon," she said. "I've never been."
Maynard has chosen Nov. 1 to be her final day on earth. She and her family left California for Oregon so she could access the state's Death With Dignity law, which will allow her to end her life "through voluntary self-administration of lethal medications, expressly prescribed by a physician for that purpose."
Maynard's inspiring words hardly end with tales of fantastic trips.
"The reason to consider life, and what's of value, is to make sure you're not missing out," she urged. "Seize the day. What's important to you? What do you care about? What matters? Pursue that. Forget the rest."