I HAVE HELD OFF WRITING THIS FOR A FEW DAYS, BECAUSE TRY AS I MIGHT, IT WILL SOUND LIKE AN "I TOLD YOU SO".
About one year ago, Senator McCain was diagnosed with a highly aggressive brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme.
Immediately, well wishes came from all over, telling him to "Be Strong and show Cancer what you've got".
I wrote that, no matter what, he would be dead within 18 months.
If you don't believe me, read it here.
I said the average survival is 18 months, and he is dead at around 13-14, most likely due to his age.
This phenomenal act of prognostication is not why I am writing this today.
Rather, I want to highlight a point Joe Biden made in his eulogy:
His son, Ted Kennedy and John McCain all died of the exact same disease.
The takeaway is this:
Cancer is the great equalizer. It kills rich, poor, young, old, male, female, black, white.
The second point is this:
If ever there were some "secret cure", surely these rich and powerful men would have availed themselves of it.
They didn't because it doesn't exist.
Recently the Tribune had an editorial by a doctor, who is a cancer researcher, saying that we should reserve the fighting and battling analogies for those who fight and battle the disease, like the oncologists and the cancer researchers.
There is some merit to this concept.
We should be the ones fighting, coming up with treatment strategies and caring for the patient.
The patient should focus on getting through the therapy (sometimes a battle in itself).
They should focus on trying to maximize the quality of their lives.
However, despite all that, Cancer can be a real son of a bitch, and it will win...sometimes.
Our goal, everyday, is to reduce the number of cancer wins, either by helping to prevent it, or coming up with better treatments.
Everyday, we do make progress, but it will never be fast enough, but, there's only so much we can do.
In the meanwhile, people, including the rich and famous, like McCain and Aretha Franklin (pancreatic cancer) will continue to die.
The key is not to give up hope.
The key is to try to do the best we can with whatever time we have on this earth.
And if anyone tells you that there are "secret cures"-STAY SKEPTICAL.
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