Monday, October 24, 2011
Did Steve Jobs die unnecessarily?
When advised so to do, cut out the cancer.
My father had a patient who was diagnosed with cancer. Her husband, a brilliant aerospace engineer told him, "I'm going to take a few weeks and find a cure for this thing".
Some of the most self confident, brilliant people have difficulty understanding that there are equally brilliant people out there who know more than they do about cancer.
I am as old as Disneyland and ever since I can remember the "cure for cancer" has been "right around the corner". It is less of a death sentence than it was, but it still a huge killer and we have a long way to go before it is easy to treat.
First of all, Jobs was a genius at marketing -- a latter day PT Barnum -- not a genius at medicine.
Second: the cancer he had is hard to beat. If he had not followed the quack cures he did, he undoubtedly would have lived longer, but who knows by how much.
If Jobs had gone the invasive route, he'd have had to give up his day job, and his reason for living, or so he thought.
Fatal illness is hard to deal with. I'm 54 but have outlived both my parents who were otherwise quite healthy, until ...
We're all going to die.
Faced with a hard choice, as I get older I expect that I might forego crazy-ass invasive surgeries and therapies. I'd rather take up skydiving.
It's different when you're not "old" and people depend on you, and you're not yet 'finished." But we all become expendable.
All I ask for -- when the time comes - are the drugs of my choice and a big-breasted nurse.
I'm not looking forward to having to listen to early-edge Baby Boomers whine about going into that Great Night. I might have to off myself early.
Trey Smith Blog
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Really? After all of these decades so few of you trust the doctor? Crazy-ass surgery? I guess that just proves my point. Way to many people think they know as much as their doctor about how cancer should be treated.
It's sad, really. If you are not currently under the care of a doctor that you trust, find one.