What Medicine Should Do

If you think about it the basic medicines we can purchase in a grocery store such as Walmart were originally invented to help a person feel healthy again. Nowadays we have medicines that try to stop an illness such as cancer from progressing further throughout someone’s body and taking away their life.  Sometimes chemotherapy or the drugs like Tarceva that Sarah took for her lung cancer don’t do the trick. So doctors begin mentioning many other medicines and treatments that might make Sarah’s lung cancer stop from worsening and focus on improving. When medicine cannot save a patient’s life the situation becomes more stressful sometimes and they along with their family may refuse to give up. Except sometimes it’s okay to give up.

            Just like our basic medicines used to help relieve pain of fevers, common colds, headaches, sinus infections, and so on, I believe all medicine should focus on relieving pain that an individual is experiencing. When patients of a type of cancer undergo treatments and medications they experience more pain and suffering sometimes because doctors let them know it’s a negative aspect of the process of getting better. So if a patient is in an irreversible stage of cancer why make them take a medication that just makes them feel sicker? Why put these patients through the experience of treatment as often as they’re supposed to but end up feeling sick from the radiation of chemotherapy? It truly depends on the patient’s thoughts of what he/she may want to do when hearing all outcomes of each side.

            I believe if there is a high chance of survival after treatment and medicines make positive progress in the body then discuss with that patient that things will work out for the better. If these things will most likely not work for a patient then it’s up to them to decide whether they want to try the treatments or take medicines for relieving terrible suffering. That’s why in my opinion if medicines and treatments are not going to save someone’s life then at least offer other choices. Bring out the idea of other medications that will help a patient not experience so much pain and any other negative symptoms. From the beginning to the end of the last days of their life, medicine should make these last moments of a patient’s life pain-free and enjoyable.


Below is a link to a picture/quote from Jimi Hendrix. It wouldn’t let me upload the picture directly for whatever reason…


Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.       


Here’s a poem my sister actually read to me today for her college English course… I thought it’s an appropriate poem to post on here and I myself though it was pretty interesting to read, it’s enjoyable and sounds peaceful even though it’s about death.

8 Simple Rules

So this might be a familiar show to some of you and others will not even recognize the majority of the actors. There are two though whom you might recognize: David Spade and Kaley Cuoco also known as ‘Penny’ from The Big Bang Theory. 8 Simple Rules was a show that suffered from a real loss. The main character named ‘Paul Hennessy’ from a normal yet dramatic family filled with teenagers, played by John Ritter, dies in the show but he also died in reality of Aortic Dissection. You consistently see the sadness and horrible stress that the family experiences in the last few episodes after Paul Hennessy’s death. I believe this show expresses death and dying and how the process of death, loss, and emotions flow even after the person has been gone for a little while.

The main character had two daughters and one son, a wife, father-in-law, and nephew whom are the main characters in these last few episodes. These characters go through some natural realizations to make them finally understand truly that this man is out of their life and they cannot get him back. There’s one of the concepts of death right there; irreversibility. I think that’s what makes people extra emotional even if they are just the viewers of the television show. When the realization starts that they lost someone who was so close and that they loved so much, they begin to notice this person is not coming back, which truly breaks a person. Paul’s family loses their composure, their strength as a family and it affects them so deeply that they cry, hug each other, fight with each other about how the kids thought that their dad didn’t love them, and shows events that a family would go through after the loss of someone like a parent at a young age.

Branching off from the character being at a young age as well; puts feelings and thoughts in peoples mind that say “he didn’t get to live the long life like we will”. Also, it shows dying at a young age is tragic and unfair. The kids are learning to deal with death of their father at a young age, it’s unexpected, unjust, and the fact that it happened to someone they were close with, making their life completely confusing. I’m blessed to still have both of my parents but I do know others who may only have a father or mother, sometimes neither. Most of these people I have met have a different perspective on life and live their lives fully and happily.

Even though the pain erases from our body as time passes by and we learn to grow from the loss of someone so close, we never forget them. It is hard at that time because we realize how it’s irreversible and that’s all we wish for; to have that person back in our life so we can be with them one more time. This television series showed viewers that death and dying is sad, irreversible, affects many people, and might make it more difficult to accept what has happened for some. This show did create a better understanding for others that death happens and there’s nothing wrong with crying, being depressed, feeling lost. The experience of loss makes you stronger as time goes on.


Above is a link to a video of the episode that focused on when the family first found out about the death of Paul Hennessy.