Kara Tippets, a mother of four, who recently passed away after almost three years of battling breast cancer. In October, she wrote an open letter to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year old with terminal brain cancer who advocated for widespread legislation of physician-assisted suicide before her death in Oregon on November 1st, 2014.

Kara Tippets and her children
Kara Tippets and her children

“My fight is for time and tenderness with my loves. My fight is to embrace the good moments…and loving my people well. It’s important-these moments. All our moments are precious gifts.”

“…your life matters, your story matters and your suffering matters.”

“In choosing your own death, you are robbing those that love you with such tenderness, the opportunity of meeting you in your last moments and extending your love in your last breaths.”