Cancer Kills You While You're Still Alive

@tentwo67 (3384)
United States
August 2, 2007 9:21am CST
I know this to be true anyway. It's so sad to watch someone literally waste away before your eyes because of cancer. I was absolutely stunned, though, when I saw this picture of Tammy Faye Baker (Messner) right before she died of cancer. The article said she was down to 65 pounds from the cancer. It's just so cruel. I keep thinking about her because the picture is so shocking. And I think about my grandmother before she died and how her cancer had had a similar effect on her. I think when I die I would choose a quick death instead of suffering like this for months and years on end. Isn't it just terrible?
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@loved1 (5336)
• United States
2 Aug 07
That was really shocking. I remember when I saw that picture for the first time I actually gasped! I have 2 friends battling cancer right now. One of them is fighting hard and is expected to recover. The other is probably not going to make it another month, even after the chemo and surgeries. It is really sad to watch anyone suffer with cancer, but it especially breaks my heart when it is somone young.
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@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
6 Aug 07
I agree, that is absolutely hearbreaking. It's shocking to see at any age. I could not believe it when I saw that photo of her. If she hadn't had the mascara on (smile), she would not have been remotely recognizable as herself. Thanks for responding. My best to your friends and to you.
@okwusman1 (2249)
• Abuja, Nigeria
2 Aug 07
her case was sympathetic situation, everybody that is living has to be undergoing medical check ups regularly so that if one is diagnose of cancer, you can start treatment immediately. allowing the sickness to eat deep before taking treatment is dangerous. you can visit here to learn more: http://www.cancerfightingstrategies.com take care of yourself.
@rsa101 (18649)
• Philippines
3 Aug 07
It depends on the way you look at life. Like in my case we chose to fight cancer. I know we are at a losing battle but then because we love her and she love us that much we are fighting or prolonging her life the best way we could do to her. We are not losing hope we do not see the sufferings as cruel or terrible it is all because we love her to stay and she also decided to stay with us for as long as she could carry on with her body. Her condition did become worse but her determination is still going on. She is fighting the disease as long as her strength is there while there is life we believe there is still hope. But I do understand other people losing hope on their life already. This disease is not curable at the moment and we are continuing to find ways to find the real cure or at least control for this disease.
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@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
6 Aug 07
It's just a hard situation however you look at it. I wish you the very best in your situation and thank you for responding.
@LadyDulce (830)
• United States
3 Aug 07
I saw my momma literally waste away when she had cancer, but a lot of it was due to her treatment. They had to remove her entire duodenum, 2 thirds of her stomach, half her pancreas, a kidney, half her liver, the majority of her small intestine, about a third of her large intestine, her entire reproductive system, etc. She said they gutted her like a fish, lol. Add that to the chemo and radiation and she was lucky if she could hold down any food. If she could, then it was almost immediately passed due to the loss of most of her digestive tract, so she was having to eat constantly. As a mother of five with 2 home-based businesses and classes to teach, it was a lot for her to handle. And for her, cutting back was akin to killing her child. But she had to do it, and it took a toll on her mentally as well. I don't know, b/c I'm not in the situation, but if I were in her shoes, knowing as I do how the treatment would affect me, I can't say I would've gone through with it. She didn't live any longer than she would have without the surgeries and chemo/radiation, and she LIKELY would have had fewer ill effects. I don't know, but it's never an easy situation for anyone involved. The worst part is you can see it happening, but can't do a damn thing to protect them. Blessed Be
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@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
6 Aug 07
I've heard many stories about people who stop treatment to have a better quality of life even if it means their lives are shorter. I can appreciate why people would make that decision. I'm so sorry your mom had to go through that. Thank you for responding. I wish you the best.
@vinzen (1022)
• India
4 Aug 07
Hi, yes you are right, it is really such a waste of a life and i have also lost my mother because of cancer, so i know the pain, and yes some people take it smilingly and are strong, while others suffer and fret and fume and make the lives of others miserable too, it is such a sad state of affairs. But yes i knw my mom to be one strong lady, who gave us the strength to remain always brave and face all odds, that is why she left smiling, and never ever saw her frown even, am asure shes found her special place in heaven next to god, and we ae blessed that even though shes gone, shes alwasy with us like a guardian angle beside and guiding us alwasy.
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• Macedonia
3 Aug 07
well if u lived as human die as human that means more then your wishes...many people wanted to die instead of the cancer and so on...but if there are still chances to survive ? if there is some donator to help you ? what u`ll do u`ll wait untill u die because hope is our best friend in that moments
@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
8 Aug 07
I don't really understand your point, but thank you for responding.