Cancer And The Doctor’s ‘Crystal Ball’

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Cancer And The Doctor's 'Crystal Ball'


How many years have I left? 
At my stage of cancer, 
and according to statistical studies, 
the doctor said that I had about two years left! 

Mr. Despondent cried. 
I cannot afford to be admitted. 
For each day without work 
would mean no food for my family! 

Mr. Suicidal mulled. 
Cancer means death. 
Cancer means a lot of pains. 
My family will worry about more hospital bills! 

Mr. Pious calmly accepted. 
It's not for the doctor to decide. 
Only GOD will determine when he takes me. 
Meanwhile, I will continue to do good. 

Mr. Philosophical stated. 
My young colleague died, 
on the spot, in an accident, 
and another two, 
of heart attack and dengue. 
With cancer, I have time to plan 'my future'. 

Mr. Fighter scoffed. 
That was twelve years ago! 
Look at these two scars on my tummy. 
I challenged each time the 'Big C' returned! 
It’s interesting to note 
how some people have greater will-power
 to live compared to others. 

It is important to have 

a nurturing of hope, positive attitude, 
stronger determination, better coping skills, 
with good family support and love. 

Each physician should not look at 
his or her own ‘part of the elephant’ 
but at the client as a whole. 

Are there sufficient supports 
from nurses, palliative team, social welfare, 
counsellors and religious personnel? 
**************** “The cure of many diseases is unknown to physicians because they are ignorant of the whole. For the part can never be well unless the whole is well.”  - Plato.

Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

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