AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
I can't find any actual statistics but will keep searching. However, notice the part in this article that I highlighted in red.
Cancer Blog: Lots To Live For!: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds – Attributes of Survivors Who Became Thrivers
I was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 39 in 2002 after finding a lump during a breast self-exam. There was no history of breast cancer in my family, so I was shocked, to say the least. Two weeks later my father died. My daughter was three, and my husband and I had been married less than five years. It was a devastating time, but I was heartened when my doctor told me I had no lymph node involvement and my prognosis was excellent.
After five years, chances are slim cancer will return. But again, I learned you can’t pay attention to statistics. In February 2008, I found a lump in my armpit, and after a series of scans, I learned it had returned as stage IV cancer. I went to a world-renowned cancer hospital only to be told I would certainly die from breast cancer. Luckily I turned it into a challenge to prove the doctor wrong.
I spent my career in healthcare public relations, and always loved writing patient success stories. I already knew my friend Buzz Sheffield, who was told five years earlier he had months to live. (Today, eight years later, he is alive and well.) I also read Bernie Siegel’s wonderful book, Love, Medicine and Miracles, which talked about Exceptional Cancer Patients and how the worst thing doctors can do is to give death sentences.
So I started my search for more incredible people who beat the odds of terminal cancer for my book, From Incurable to Incredible. I was searching for answers. It was an extremely personal journey. As someone facing a Stage IV breast cancer diagnosis, you could say my life depended on it.
My biggest question was: What sets people apart who beat the odds of a terminal or incurable prognosis? As I was putting the 27 stories together, I noticed many similarities among survivors nationwide who shared their stories. Rather than passively accepting their circumstances; they decided to transform them by:
• Refusing to buy into statistics and the death sentences many of them were given.
• Never giving up, no matter what. They may have had down times, but were able to pull themselves together and do what they needed to do.
• Relying on support from family, loved ones, or support groups. These connections gave them a reason to carry on.
• Choosing to look on the bright side and see the gifts cancer brings.
• Giving back and making a difference in other people’s lives, whether it was fundraising, lobbying, or supporting other survivors.
• Having a strong sense of faith. Even if they didn’t believe in God, they believed in something larger than themselves.
• Being proactive participants in their health care.
• Viewing their lives as transformed by their experience.
I continue to share stories of amazing cancer survivors on my blog, Tami Boehmer | Miracle Survivors: inspiration & information for cancer thrivers., and continue to see these common threads. But I’ve found there are people in the cancer community who are offended by these observations. “Are you saying that people who didn’t make it weren’t positive enough?” Absolutely not! Cancer is complex, and I do know people who possess all of these qualities and still succumb to this awful disease … two of them whose stories are in my book. There are no absolutes or guarantees. In the midst of dismal statistics for people with late stage cancer, my purpose is to help show there are possibilities. There is always hope, and there are ways to live life to the fullest … with purpose and joy. As Deb Violette, a lung cancer survivor and advocate featured in my book shared, “This little voice in my head said, 'Why are you focusing on the 90 percent of people who didn’t make it; why don’t you focus on the 10 percent who do?'" She was diagnosed in 1998 and is very alive and well today.
I don't know if you realize what "end stage" means. It's after everything that can realistically be done is done and the disease is still progressing relentlessly. It's when quality of life is in the toilet bowl. That is very different from what you're presenting here.
And no one in this thread is saying what you are representing.
Thank you, Quazi!
"With me everything turns into mathematics."
"It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well."
"It is truth very certain that, when it is not in one's power to determine what is true, we ought to follow what is more probable." -- Rene Descartes
Given her diagnosis, the probability is that based on previous cases, people with that diagnosis at that stage of the illness will be dead within a year. There are always exceptions, but past experience says that for every 100 people in her situation, 97 of them will die in the next year. Three won't, and happily for her she was one of those three. No godlike decisions needed, it's a simple calculation, but it's never 100% accurate, which is why people are never told flatly that "X" will happen, only that it's probable.
Much like weather forecasting, they can be much more accurate the closer to the event they get. Even then, in the final stage of life, the LCP has an "escape" clause where if the patient shows improvement, they are removed from the care pathway, and treatment is reviewed.
I love the smell of face-palm in the morning!
"You ain't no Muslim bruv!"
“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. – J Robert Oppenheimer.