Art Of Dying Conference Explores Spiritual, Scientific Approaches To Dying

April 24, 2015 10:56 PM

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Art Of Dying Conference Explores Spiritual, Scientific Approaches To Dying

In 21 years of living with lymphangiomatosis, a rare cancer-like progressive lymphatic disorder that she’s had since birth, bouts of severe pneumonia have left her in intensive care. She’s had swine flu and emergency surgery for a collapsed lung. Fluid that has built up around her right lung currently threatens to stop her heart. She undergoes regular chemotherapy, and has tubes up her nostrils to provide the extra oxygen she needs to live. A full-body pain that she describes as “beyond tremendous” has become normal.

“I have accepted the fact that I’m going to die at a young age. And I’m okay with that,” said Chaite, who lives in Roselyn on New York’s Long Island, and is a New York University student on what seems to her like a permanent medical leave. “But even though I have accepted it, there are moments when ...

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