Brittany Maynard, People Magazine

Chances are, this isn’t the first time you’ve heard about Brittany Maynard. In the past weeks, the 29-year-old cancer patient has become the face of the right-to-die movement. Instead of struggling through a painful and debilitating decline, Brittany—diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013—plans to take her own life, swallowing 100 sedatives in the company of her husband, mom, stepdad, and best friend.

Read the exclusive story on Brittany (her adventurous spirit, her diagnosis, and her decision) in the October 22 issue of People, available in Next Issue now.

Watch Brittany and her family explain why the right to die with dignity is so important to them: