“Tennessee’s ‘death with dignity’ push came from larger than life, politician John Jay Hooker, who died of metastatic melanoma a year after Brittany. In a July 2015 interview with FOX 17 News, Hooker explains, “I’m like a melanoma tree. If you look on my legs and chest, my arms and my scalp, you’ll see all these little melanomas.”

Hooker filed suit to end his life at 85 and then-State Representative Craig Fitzhugh unsuccessfully sponsored a bill to make it legal. The former Minority Leader of the House says, “It never got out of the House Committee and John Jay and I knew it wouldn’t, but at least he had the opportunity to start that conversation.”

Brittany took the life-ending prescription November 1, 2014. Husband Dan explains what happened next, “Within 5 minutes of taking the medication, Brittany fell asleep. Within 30 minutes of taking it, her breathing slowed to the point that she passed away. That’s the gentle dying process this program afforded her.”

Five years out, he’s vowed to keep Brittany’s voice alive. One of the last things

said is this, “I would like to see all Americans to have access to this same healthcare rights.”

Diaz says in most cases, good hospice care can keep someone comfortable, but in certain cases, like his wife’s, the pain is excruciating and he says even morphine wouldn’t help. In a 2018 Gallup Poll, 72 percent of Americans were in favor of doctors helping terminally ill patients die peacefully.”