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  •  I understand. (19+ / 0-)

    There are some situations that have no hope of getting better.  I don't know if you saw it, but your comment reminds me of my (then) sixteen year old grandson who had cancer.  He came here to spend some time with us at Christmas.  His seventeenth birthday was the following January.

    He had been undergoing surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and constant pain since he was first diagnosed at age 13.  He told me that Christmas that he was through fighting.  He told his doctors he wanted treatment stopped, and just get pain medicine so he would not hurt as much.  He died four months later.  Sometimes the most realistic thing one can do is stop fighting.  I wrote about him here.

    However, if the pain of living is due to depression or other mood disorder rather than terminal illness, as in the case of the sad lady I described, there are viable treatments for that.  

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 06:48:43 AM PST

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