I feel absolutely compelled to respond to Shapiro's article. I am a lung cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy. Having just completed my third treatment, I am feeling rather ill, but not nearly as much as when I read the article .
Had I refused chemotherapy I doubt that I would even be here to reply to the article. I am really concerned that the doctor's article may have caused untold damage, a shattering of any hope held by other cancer patients. He seems to give the impression that one should simply give up and die.
Well, doctor, methinks your remedy is the real snake oil! There's an old Latin phrase that has always served me so well-- Dum spiro, spero , which, freely translated, means "Where there's breath, there's hope."
Doctors gave up hope twice on my own son, once in Vietnam and later in a serious accident, which resulted in a coma and paralysis. Today he is alive and well with no paralysis or brain damage. After the second accident the doctor had removed all life-support systems, which I insisted be reconnected after my arrival at the distant, out-of-state hospital to which he had been taken.