Thursday, March 29, 2012
It turns out that Ed has a wife and a couple of daughters with him, and doesn't need any outside help. He just decided after a few months in bead the "he's ready," which is the same words used by Elve (a full time RV'er from Arkansas, with lung cancer) and the captain of my high school football team (with bone cancer and a good friend). It's about what I felt when I was diagnosed with kidney cancer and waited for about 12 days to find out if it had spread. The good news was that you didn't have to worry about chemo and radiation, and the bad news was that neither of them did any good, so after two years only two per cent of the patients are alive.
These guys didn't use Dr. Kevorkian's approach, and look sort of like the doctors. There was an article, "how doctors die" in the Tampa Bay Times
which is pretty sobering for the survivors. It does sort of put Ed's approach in a little different light - not as unusual as it first seemed to me.