Choosing Quality of Life


This weekend, we heard from one of our new friends from the retreat (  D who has been living with colon cancer for nine years now, has made the impossible decision to stop treatment.  This time last year, he was given a prognosis of 18 months.  His cancer has been spreading, and he was recently put back on a chemotherapy treatment that he swore he would never do again.  After one treatment, the side effects were debilitating.  He felt awful for weeks and was facing another treatment this week.  He and his wife talked and cried and realized that his quality of life was not what they want it to be. They both want him to have the best quality of life for as long as he can.  I am amazed by their communication and their love for one another.  And their strength.  And their hopefulness.