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An interesting time to die

I'm going to die soon, and I want my death to be a fulfilling experience, not a technological failure

By Ann McPherson   October 2009

Fourteen years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then its treatment has improved immeasurably. It is now more a “chronic” condition than a death sentence, with a five-year survival rate of up to 90 per cent. But now I have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, with a five-year survival rate of 4 per cent or worse.

Two years after a Whipple procedure (which removed my pancreas, gallbladder, bile duct and parts of my small intestine), I was found to have a reoccurrence of my primary cancer, with secondaries in my lung. These are the bare facts. But in…

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