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Thursday, November 04, 2004

Tell me true....

After a medical examination, your doctor calls and gravely says you have a rare lymphanic cancer and only a few months to live. Five days later, she informs you that the lab tests were mislabeled; you are perfectly healthy. Forced for a moment to look death in the face, you have been allowed to turn and go on. During those difficult days, you would have certainly gained some insights about yourself. Do you think they would be worth the pain?

11 Comments:

At Thursday, November 04, 2004 3:57:00 PM, Blogger J said...

Hmmm. I think initially I would be angry and hurt and upset, but after some time to think about it,I think I would realize the reflection was good for me and probably improved my life or at least reminded me of the important things in life.

 
At Thursday, November 04, 2004 4:17:00 PM, Blogger Phin Samuels said...

There is always something to be learned from being scared out of your mind.

 
At Thursday, November 04, 2004 4:18:00 PM, Blogger & said...

That depends on how much my attorney could move from the doctor's pocket to mine!

Seriously, it would be a wake up call to focus on what's important in life. We can all get caught up in minor irritations at times and lose sight of the big picture. It would be like a rebirth of sorts. However, I'd hate to have my loved ones go through something like that so I could understand myself better. I'll pass on this one.

 
At Thursday, November 04, 2004 7:53:00 PM, Blogger Rich said...

Absolutely.

BTW, I think you must have meant leukemic, or lymphoma ;)

 
At Thursday, November 04, 2004 10:57:00 PM, Blogger Patrick H. said...

It's a pretty consistent tale that people change many things in their lives following a near-miss, or a brush with death of some sort. After earthquakes, for instance, divorce rates usually go up as people re-assess their lives and decide not to waste them in unhappy relationships, perhaps even things unconsidered to that point. So yes, for me, it would be worth it, but then I've faced death a time or two already. Nothing makes you feel more alive ...

--Patrick--

 
At Friday, November 05, 2004 8:39:00 AM, Blogger Red said...

Facing death seems to always profoundly change a person, but not always for the better. After surviving breast cancer, my quiet and shy mother got large breast implants, a tattoo, a series of boyfriends including one she moved in with (to my step-father's surprise!) and attempted suicide because she felt she wasn't getting enough attention from her new boyfriend...

Having watched my mother go through all that, I'll pass on the offer of clarity and just take what comes my way.

 
At Friday, November 05, 2004 8:58:00 AM, Blogger Red said...

GW, it was pure irony that I stumbled on this story after reading your post...

Defense: Near Death Experience to Save Marriage or Attempted Murder?

 
At Friday, November 05, 2004 9:36:00 AM, Blogger wilde_thought said...

You don't need a near death experience to examine your life. Just have several people near to you pass away in a horrific, unexpected manner. Then get step-kids thrown in the mix to cause a difficult situation to turn worse. Add to that a discovery that the two people who passed away left you with 250K in debt to manage. Makes you quickly realize that material things are not important and that you'd better plan your goals in life if you want to get anything important done before you depart this world.

 
At Friday, November 05, 2004 12:02:00 PM, Blogger Opaco said...

i think that it would have been worth it. i am sure that a little self evaluation and planning would have kicked in. when my father was told that he was going to die he did his best to make sure that the family was well taken care of and that he didn't leave any loose ends. i only hope that i can be a man like he in that situation.

 
At Friday, November 05, 2004 2:58:00 PM, Blogger Square1 said...

A better question would be, does MY DOCTOR think they would be worth the pain? Because I guarantee they would be hurting after hubby got through with them for scaring HIM out of his mind. Personally it wouldn't bother me, because I try to live life with the attitude I might not wake up tomorrow. Let's face it, any of us might not. There are no guarantees. However for hubby he has told me many times that he prays consantly that he would be the first to be taken out of this world, because he does not think he could handle a loss of that magnitude, but he knows that I am strong enough to carry on.

 
At Saturday, November 06, 2004 8:09:00 AM, Blogger Mr B said...

No, because there are easier ways in life to discover about yourself. Getting some height and looking at the world from a different perspective - climb a Mountain. Stop and observe the life around you - see and look into the multifaceted stories that are unfolding around you in people you know and do not know. Watch and transport yourself into how it must feel to be somebody else or something else.

 

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