Putting Knowledge Before Wisdom
BY ANNE BROWER FROM THE WASHINGTON POST
“Harriet was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 82. She had her cancer surgically removed. The surgery alone probably cured her disease. However, an oncologist told her that surgery had given her an 80 percent chance of cure, but a year of chemotherapy would increase that chance to 90 percent. She opted for the chemotherapy.
I could not understand why she said yes to the debilitating chemotherapy regime at her age with her already 80% survival rate. However, she had an undying faith in the skill and wisdom of her doctors–to a fault.
Her chemotherapy induced incessant diarrhea and a 50-pound weigh loss, infected eyes, and abundant mouth wounds. However, she pushed herself onwards, carrying herself with dignity and grace, and living every moment fully.“
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