He’s chosen

Written by on May 20, 2009 in Conversations on the Healing Journey with 0 Comments

He wants the chemo. They’re sending him home, maybe today, at the latest tomorrow. He’s to recuperate while here the rest of this week and weekend. Next week, he’ll see his oncologist and the situation will be assessed then. The plan is to start the R.I.C.E. treatment on him as soon as possible.

It’s amazing the look of peace that came over his face, when he knew he’d still have a chance to fight. He totally understands the risk, but to him, if he has one chance, no matter how small, he wants to take it.

My sister told me when she was battling her cancer, that she had always thought, that there would be a point where if she could no longer live with dignity, as she perceived it back then, and if she became more of a drain on other people’s time and resources, she’d want to quick fighting and gracefully let nature take its course.

She could not understand nor agree with people who hung on for so long, and seemingly futilely…until it happened to her, until it was her life. And suddenly, just one more sunset, just one more moment with her family, one more ice cream cone or beam of sunlight streaming through the window was worth fighting for.

So there’s no hospice for Kenny at this time. There’s the “Bridge Program”, where he will come home with continued medical treatment with the intent toward further treatment and recovery. It’s what he has set in his mind, his goal to accomplish.

There’s no judgment for those who say “enough”. But there’s no judgment for those who refuse to take that path, either.

A disease can take many things away from you. What it should never take away is your right to choose. It’s such a fundamental part of being human. And cancer doesn’t change that.

About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, using spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. Demian is a traveler on the healing journey with a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .


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