How are you? What are YOU fighting for?

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    If you or anyone you know has ever been struck with cancer, take a couple hours out of your life and watch these videos. I don't know how much longer they'll be available for, but all I know after watching them is... life is beautiful and we must do everything in power to preserve it and destroy cancer once and for all. This documentary is not about Farrah Fawcett the actress/movie star... this documentary is about a human being who is going through cancer treatment and doing everything she can, EVERYTHING she can, to fight it. If watching these videos through the end does not make you cry like a baby, I'd check your pulse to see if you actually have a heart.

    Special request: Mods, please don't move this to a health sub-forum that nobody reads. Leave this here. Please. Let everyone have the chance to watch a human being declare all out war on cancer.... and sadly, lose.

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    My father died from cancer. And I had a close friend that battled cancer and beat it but she succumbed to heart failure. I'm sure Farrah is going through tough times right now and I will pray for her.
     
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    I watched this the other night,, the last half,, I missed the first half.. When Ryan O'Neal crawled in bed and lay down beside Farrah the movie "Love Story" flashed through my mind poor Ryan.. I don't think Farrah ever recognized her son.. Truly a sad sad story! Farrrah is a strong lady.
     
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    When they were shooting all of those drugs into her liver, it was painful to watch. She asked the Dr. if that was all the pain she was going to have this session...

    There have really been some advancements in cure rates in certain cancers recently. There are only 680 people who die from anal cancer yearly. I was looking around for risk factors:

    The ending of the documentary was ominous.
     
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    I don't know much about cancer treatments and all, but if the stage-4 anal cancer popped up in her anus and spread to her liver, and now her anus is cancer free, and the liver is the big problem, why don't they just remove the liver and give her a new one? If the liver is the problem, which it seems to be from this documentary, remove the problem -- remove the liver. But with all of the medication she's on and the chemo therapy, etc. I bet infection would be very high risk with such major surgery like this.
     
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    Sorry, but you not only don't know much about cancer treatment, you apparently know less about cancer. In her case it wouldn't matter if you removed everything that was cancerous because the cancer (cutaneous T-cell lymphoma) would return again and again.
     
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    It's in her blood and in her lymphs... lost cause no matter how many body parts they replace.
     
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    Several friends and wives of friends have died of cancer in the past years. Personally if someone has had a good life and did what they wanted and found that magical elixir of occasional joy, it makes a bad event a little easier. It is children who bother me.

    But in truth who thinks they are going to die! Hardly anyone as that darkness can be crushing for most. The thought that at a time not too long in the future I - we will cease to be is a tough thought to keep in consciousness. Life doesn't allow it and all living things shun it.

    I saw that show and wondered in my crazy liberal head of so many with no care who die and never get the chance to express the solitude and fear death brings.
     
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    Back to Farrah..

    I was thinking about that line at the end where she asks how are you, what are you fighting for.

    She is in such pain both physically and emotionally and she still has the compassion to ask that. It must help others to know that they don't suffer alone and that she is willing to go on this way fighting for every last breath. She is brave and compassionate.

    The other thought is that people need to know just how much some cancer patients go through in order to reinforce the urgency of finding an absolute cure for all types of cancer. Everyone is going to die but why accept so much suffering?
     
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    I admire her for having the courage to go overseas and see a team of doctors who have experimental treatments that aren't approved here in the US for cancer. It definitely makes you wonder why the US doesn't approve more experimental cancer treatments - especially when you're at Stage 4 and have less than 6 months to live. I mean, what's the worse that can happen? You'll die? She's already dying. Her life was extended by over 2 years thanks to these treatments. But it appears cancer is winning the battle... this is a woman who absolutely fought to the bitter end and tried EVERYTHING she could to get rid of the cancer. She brought out as big of guns as she could find and hit that cancer with everything she had while the doctors at UCLA wanted to let her die and give her a coloscopy.

    Still, what grace she has in dying and staring death in the eyes. Could any of us be graceful as we approach our deaths as she was?

    I don't think I could be.

    There is no disease, no virus, no bacteria, no anything that makes its host suffer as much as cancer does. We must find a cure. We must wipe it out.
     

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