Of course, I don’t want to ever get cancer, but I figure at some point I will. If I do, I’ll take every possible route to make it go away or, at the very least, keep it under control for as long as possible.
Alzheimer’s disease, that’s another issue entirely. It scares me out of my wits, especially because there’s basically not much we can do about keeping it in check. Consider the case of FOF Marjie, recently diagnosed with very early stage Alzheimer’s, after having trouble with numbers and remembering what someone just said. Although tests can now reveal signs of the disease years before actual dementia sets in, I’m not so sure I’m interested in being quite so well informed. If I can’t make it go away, what would I do? Wait for signs every day, worried I won’t remember where I am or the name of the person in the room with me, who is actually my daughter?
It pains my heart whenever I see someone completely under Alzheimer’s evil spell. Maybe they’re not quite so out of it as they appear. A PR person recently sent me a new book called I’m Still Here by Dr. John Zeisel, which claims it’s possible to have meaningful communication with Alzheimer’s patients.