Can I Pretend That I Do Not Have Cancer?
Majid Ali, M.D.
Leave the Brick Behind
“Can I Pretend That I Do Not Have Cancer?,” a nurse asked me.
“Why not?” I answered.
“I think that’s a good idea.”
“Yes, it is.”
The above words were exchanged 18 months after I firast saw her. She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer with spread to lungs about three months earler and was being treated with chemotherapy at a New York hospital. At this visit, I read her CT scan reports. Some tumors masses had diasappaered. Some others had shrunk. There still was scan evidence of residual tumor. She described at length her trips to the city from New Jersey for her bi-monthly chemotherapy infusions which lasted for three to four hours.
She was also taking marijuana oil within the New Jersey Health Department Medicinal marijuan Program. She told me about the nefits of his treatment, freely laughing at intervals.
To be continued.
with cancer of pancreas