In April 2011, my oncologist gave me 12-18 months to live. Shortly thereafter, I decided to discontinue all cancer treatments. I have discovered that there is very little information on the Internet about what happens between the time someone discontinues treatment and the time that they die. For this reason, I have decided to keep a journal through this blog, supported by Twitter and Facebook, about how I am doing physically, mentally and emotionally as the cancer spreads throughout my body and eventually kills me.
I will be very candid and exceedingly intimate so you can appreciate what it is really like to be dying. If you are faced with the same situation, I hope it will help you to know what you may be facing. If you are watching a loved one go through this, perhaps you will be better equipped to provide the kind of understanding and support they need. If you are one of those wonderful people who work in hospice or palliative care, I hope it will provide some insight that will help you better understand the people who are under your care.
I will also be exploring a wide variety of ideas and beliefs about life and death from the perspective of someone who is getting ready to face their own death. Please join me on this journey.