Waiting For Death
A friend has been given the "no hope" message after a visit to the hospital yesterday. He had been put on very heavy duty cancer drugs over the summer to see if they would help but the latest brain scans have shown that the brain tumour has not responded. The doctor told him, "There's no more point in being on those drugs, they are not helping, you may have a week or a month. I don't know". He is about 20 years or so younger than us.
My husband was in the doctor's consulting room with him and it is his belief that the doctor was saying that our friend could "go" quite suddenly and probably pretty soon. He seems to have accepted the news quite well, although he has been finding difficulty with words and getting more and more forgetful recently, so it may not have sunk in yet. Although he told his brothers in the summer about the cancer, they did not believe him!
Now that he has been taken off the heavy duty chemicals, everyone seems to have an alternative cancer cure for him, so they are all dropping in herbal pills, etc.
He has not even told his son (who lives far away) yet, nor has he made a will. I think he is possibly in denial and thinks it won't happen. He says he has saved for his funeral but we don't know what kind of service he wants or where. His father died only recently (in his 90s) and he was buried from the Presbyterian Church, so possibly he will want the same.
To Be Continued
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