Preloading

Why This 51-Year-Old Woman Is Fighting for the Right to Die

Season 5 Episode 501
Aired on 03/15/2015 | CC tv-14
At just 51 years old, Jennifer Glass, a wife, stepmother and writer, is battling advanced lung cancer. Following her terminal prognosis, Jennifer began advocating for right-to-die legislation in California so she might have the choice to die peacefully in her home. "I would find great comfort in knowing that I had another option," Jennifer said to lawmakers. "That I might choose to be done with cancer before cancer is done with me."

Jennifer is working closely with Compassion & Choices, the same nonprofit organization that supported Brittany Maynard during the final months of her life. Brittany, a young woman who was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer in 2014, became the face of the right-to-die movement before her death.

Dan Diaz, Brittany's husband, now advocates alongside Jennifer for end-of-life options. "Brittany so often felt, 'This isn't about me.' That's what she would say," Dan tells Oprah. "'This is about everybody that might find themselves in this predicament.'"

Watch the above video to find out more about Jennifer's battle.

More from this episode
Watch OWN