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Those who died, June 15, 2006

From Saturday's Globe and Mail

Erin Anderssen profiles 13 people who died of cancer on June 15, 2006 ...Read the full article

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  1. john stockton from Hamilton, Canada writes: Thank-you Globe and Mail for recording these lives taken by this terrible disease. For every story printed there are thousands of untold similar stories of heartbreak and tragedy. I hope that these articles stir more intense scrutiny on the causes of this type of disease.
  2. Sarah Graham from Toronto, Canada writes: Life is a gift. And although it sometimes takes a little reminding, we should never forget it.
    Even something as simple as reading this comment should remind you of your blessings.
  3. Nicholas Evans from Saanich, British Columbia, writes: How fine to hear from our foregoers; good brave people who know how to go. As we have come, we must learn to go, like it or no.
  4. Beatrice Ten-Thye from Canada writes: Thank you, Globe and Mail. These articles certainly bring forward how precious life is and how courageous these people are. If nothing else, these articles make me realize how blessed I am ! Thank you.
  5. Sarah O'Connor from Kamloops, Canada writes: You have done a great service to the community by looking beyond the expected scope of a newspaper and including this rather striped down feature. This is the best that media can be - a forum for honest human experience. Congratulations on doing your jobs well, and thank you for taking the risk.
  6. Rae Vandenberg from Kitchener, Canada writes: My father was diagnosed with terminal cancer in June. The doctors told him he had within a year to live. He died in the fall of sepsis - a bacterial infection brought on by his weakened immune system. He died in a hospital bed overnight with no family with him.

    While I can understand doctors not being able to pinpoint how long a person has to live, I don't understand how they can send a deathly ill person home and not give caretakers any information about related problems that can crop up or what signs to look for when people with cancer take a turn for the worse. Poor treatment indeed!
  7. J M from Canada writes: Thank-you for these articles. When my father died of cancer, I realized that most people have no idea about what terminal illness is like, for the patient or their families, and they tend to avoid us for fear of saying the wrong thing or other uncomfortable feelings. Reading about other people going through similar experiences with cancer makes me feel less alone, and I hope it makes other people feel less uncomfortable about talking to people who are terminally ill, or their families.
  8. jimmy1 adams1 from Ashburn, United States writes: Hi,
    I am teacher in reputed university.This is your great post.I am agree doctors can not imagine how long a person will live.But why we need it to know.W just concentrate on our work.This is your brilliant effort. educational site.I like the people who share the information.Thanks

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