Monday, August 25, 2008
1. NYT on Choosing Chemo
Jane Brody highlights how tough it is to make decisions about a chemotherapy plan in the New York Times. The article makes reference to the JAMA article about chemotherapy at the end of life we had blogged about in June. (HT: Hospice & Caregiving Blog from HFA)
2. Best Blog Post Title of the Year Nominee
3. Board Games and Palliative Care?
I like board games and so I visit boardgamegeek.com occasionally. (Yes that is the actual name of the site. As I have mentioned before, it is interesting how you find parallels to your work everywhere. A board gamer named Swashbucklin' Josh wrote a poem about his battle with Crohn's disease and how it stole his hope. Here is a small excerpt from the prose about his dialogue with his disease that could be any chronic and possibly fatal disease:
I said, "You must never come back."If you like the arts & humanities side of our field, don't forget to check out Pallimed: Arts & Humanities.
He said, "I have left my mark upon you. I will return some day to claim what is mine."
I said, "But you have left me with nothing."
He said, "Until I come back, I leave my curse upon you. You will no longer hope for the future, for every day you will fear my return. I will be in your thoughts and in your dreams. I am already so much a part of you that you will not feel alive without me. In my absence, I will still be your master."
As the days went by, I felt strangely empty.
As the weeks went by, I began to seek him out so that I would once again feel alive.
As the months went by, I entered the pit of depression, and anger ruled me.
As the year past, I felt I was already dead and wanted to end it all.