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I, too, agree was posted 09/30/1999 05:22 pm by Pam K
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Being in the midst of the pc experience raises so many existential questions. Obviously there are people who seem to beat the odds, but stats show survival rates tend to be extremely low. Accepting that reality is not the same as being hopeless, as many people seem to think. For my husband and I, acceptance meant being practical and became a motivating factor in how we handled his pc. It moved us to talk about caregiving activities, my future without him, one's right to early termination, body disposal, memorials, etc.--all those uncomfortable things we're ordinarily not faced with. Acceptance became educative--especially around how to deal with the medical profession--and introspective. Harry and I needed honesty and realistic goals because the reality was that he wasn't going to survive. Each day was a challenge in how to survive--both of us--in each moment--to live each minute fully and openly. PC is a grueling exercise in living with adversity and each person's experience is individual. "Reality" appears to be pragmatic and needs practical suggestions in order to get through his/her journey. For some people--like my father, sugarcoating works well while, for others, it only muddies the process. "Reality's" message shouldn't be judged as "right" or "wrong." It just "is." To generalize, for now there is no cure and care is palliative. Drug trials are only that--trials, in vivo experiments with hope of finding the "cure." The goal of treatment, including gemzar, is to make the patient as comfortable as possible. That's the reality... But, thank goodness, a very few people do beat the odds. And that, too, is reality. My thoughts are with all those who are walking or have walked this difficult path. Cyberhugs to all, Pam

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