Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 442 and Counting

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success.
We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do;
and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Samuel Smiles

Bit by bit, the days passed. I have crossed 442 days and now into my 15 month of therapy. Last year my resolution was to survive 2010 and it looks like I will make it. Well it's also time for making the 2011 resolution and it will be to survive 2011.

Mistakes is one of our best teachers. Yet for some things, we cannot afford to make them. Selecting a cancer therpay is one of them. There is no time and tested method, no matter what the literature says. However we can take comfort that even alternative medication now days are tailor made to suite the patient's needs to maximise the effectiveness. Still we got to make the decisions. The worst decision is not to take any form of action.

Of Cancer
I felt a bit disturbed on certain statements made by CK when I read his book Conversations With CK - A Man, His Life & Cancer. The most disturbing was that the reason why he got cancer. He felt that it was his punishment and he was the strongest in the family.

I think we should all remember over 1.5 million people all over the world gets cancer every year, no matter which religion they belong to. There is no discrimination, no special selection. From medical data, we have managed to identified some close approximation on why certain people gets cancer (see The Cancer Personality) and everybody has cancer cells and yet only some would fully develop cancer.

Do not have such self defeating thoughts. Whether as friends or as caregivers of cancer patients, please use your wisdom to set the thought of the patient right. Patients with such thoughts would most likely not survive.

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