Friday, February 01, 2008


Just last week one of our elderly sisters sat on the couch and declared, "No more surgery!" She went on to elaborate that she had lived a full life, had always had tons of energy... getting up before 5:00 every morning and going to bed after 11:00 at night. She was fed up with feeling exhausted all the time and attributed this to the major surgery she underwent last July. "Seven months!" she said, "and I'm just now beginning to have a little more stamina. So, no more surgery!"

We all heard her say it. In fact, some of us had heard her say it several times these past seven months while she struggled to slowly regain her strength and appetite and mental faculties. Last night she was back in the hospital with the same condition that required the emergency surgery in July. Today we are all on pins and needles. Will the doctors be able to treat her without surgery? What if they can't?

I've often declared myself, that if I ever come down with cancer I have no intention of undergoing chemo. I've used much the same language as my sister... I've lived a full life... blah blah blah. I have no certainty that I won't change my mind if it should happen, but I want the right to make the choice. My sister wants that right. Yet we don't want to lose her either. We are all praying for a less-invasive treatment that works.


Haus said...

What a hard idea to deal with. I myself am a cancer survivor, although I had it at an early age (28) and am now just a few years removed from it. I had radiation treatments which were very low dose and limited but still wiped me out physically.
I can sympathize with the idea of forgoing chemo, I've had friends and relatives that were ravaged by it.
Contrast that with the desire to extend our lives....
Such a hard thing.
I pray for your sister.

merryn said...

Health conditions can certainly pose tough decisions. It is good to consider how you'd react in a given situation but you never really know what you'll do until you get there.

I'll keep you all in my prayers.

frog ponds rock... said...

my mother (thyroid cancer) my grandmother (breast cancer)..

mum in her fifties and nan at 73.

mum is now 63 and nan is 85.

what do you do? you make a decision at the time and then run with it..

cheers kim..