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Hi Ray was posted 09/30/1998 10:39 am by cc
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Hi Ray - well, as you've already learned, asking questions will get you many different answers, which is good... at least for me, it helps me sort out what sounds right for me and what doesn't. Lee chose to know everything, as I would - as David said, I would want to be part of all decisions and not be treated like a child. Lee was a medical researcher and so even went to medical libraries and got all the glum reports on all the research. She also found out exactly what would happen to her as she died... but very early on she decided her biggest chance came with a healthy and extraordinary dose of hope. And although the drs. would sometimes bombard her with the statistics and seem to be trying to force her to accept that she was dying (like they wanted her to give up!), she finally told them she knew what the pronosis was, thank you very much, but that she was chosing to focus on LIVING and remained full of hope, and would they please keep the statistics out of future conversations. She surrounded herself with people who could support her desire to have hope. And since she had stage IV last Nov. and has lived all this time with NO treatment, I am convinced to my core that it is her spirit that has kept her alive this long. Some people called it denial and maybe it was but if it helped her live, and live with joy and peace, then I see nothing wrong with that. There's a good web site you've probably already found called the Pancreatic Duct, has a good article by Stephen Gould on reading statistics and then throwing them out. Your dad sounds like a real trooper - support him, love him... as I know you are. good luck to you and your family. Carol C.

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