EEEk! The word cancer is so feared that many people simply mouth 'C' rather than say the word which is linked with a life sentence. But maybe the condition shouldn't be so feared. In the UK, television commercials are running at the moment with a message that fewer people die from cancer than ever before. Well, my husband's diagnosis of multiple cancers in the prostate and abdominal area was given six months ago and he's still here beside me, albeit rake thin and in pain.
The results of the study, published in the journal Science, showed two thirds of the cancer types analyzed were caused by chance mutations rather than lifestyle.
Okay, this doesn't mean you can pig out on cream cakes and turn your nose up at fruit and vegetables. Nor should you smoke or overindulge in alcohol. To do so would be tempting fate to the extreme.
In another story, a leading UK doctor and former editor of the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) has claimed cancer is the best way to die. His reasons: a quick death is preferable than a lingering one due to dementia or organ failure. It also gives the affected person an opportunity to reflect on their life, say goodbye, and enjoy what pleases them most like listening to music.
Well, my experience has not been this way. On the plus side, my husband and I are closer than ever before, but this is balanced against financial worry and a feeling of helplessness.
He's receiving treatment but the result is in doubt. Many different doctors at our local surgery are dealing with him, as are various departments at the hospital. None work together. He has to explain what's happening each time he presents himself, and the stress is killing him. (We all know what stress can do to the body.) So far, nobody can work out why he's lost so much weight (about two and a half stone) but they say he's unlikely to regain the weight at the age of 75 years.
When he shouted with pain last night, I reached out and held his wrist to give comfort. What I felt might have belonged to a sickly child, and my fingers could have wrapped around the bone twice.
It's accepted that people die when they age. The body wears out and sometimes the mind retreats to earlier times. But this doesn't make it easier to bear when you rely on that person the way I do.
I'm sure you know someone who has died of cancer. Would you agree that it's a good way to die?
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