When the fight isn't fair: Why losing to cancer isn’t a real failure

February 26, 2015 8:11 PM

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When the fight isn't fair: Why losing to cancer isn’t a real failure

The op ed was published after Laurie Becklund had passed a few weeks ago. It was interesting to me because at the time of reading it I was nodding my head in agreement with all she had to say. It kept popping into my mind over the following few days, during which I was bothered by something she had written: "The medical establishment tells me I have failed a number of therapies. That's not right: The establishment and its therapies have failed me."

I wonder who Laurie’s doctors were—the people who pushed the idea of "failure" on her? None of us have failed the fight. The fight was never fair! It's a roll of the dice.

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