Thursday, December 20, 2007

File Under: No Shit, Sherlock

1. Many oncologists are ill-equipped to deal with the emotional repercussions of the patient's illness.

2. This just in! having medical insurance gives you better odds of surviving cancer.

Really, what crazy ideas will those researchers come up with next?

Disclaimer: As an academic, I do understand the need for systematic studies that offer hard evidence of what everyone, anecdotally, already knows. So I am not bashing these studies, or inviting debate about the merits of the scientific process. Also, my husband had insurance--good insurance--and in general we found that his doctors were sympathetic, empathetic, realistic, and optimistic in turn, and generally very responsive. In both of those things, we were damn lucky--albeit, of course, not quite lucky enough...



At 1:36 PM , Blogger Krysta said...

Some time ago, I came across your blog. Overall, I find it a very moving and tender commentary on grief, motherhood, and academia.

Have you ever read Katherine Ashenburg's "The Mourner's Dance: What we do when people die"? I think you might like it.

best wishes,

At 11:27 PM , Blogger Dorcasina said...

I don't know it, but I will definitely check it out--thanks, and welcome.

At 1:18 AM , Blogger k said...

dear dorcasina,
i am also a new reader since a couple of months now. background: 37, arts/academia, in europe, 3 year old daughter, and here is the kicker: husband recently diagnosed with stage 4 corectal cancer. i completely understand if you dont feel like it, but if you do: i am lost as to how i can help my daughter cope with this. any recommendations/thoughts/books? i couldn't find your email so i am leaving this here instead...
:) k [betterboxing at g mail]


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