Renowned writer speaks of cancer metastasis: This is the story of my death!

The Famous professor from New York and author of many books bestsellers, Oliver SACS, spoke about his life experience after realizing that is dying of cancer metastasis in the liver.


The Famous professor from New York and author of many books bestsellers, Oliver SACS, spoke about his life experience after realizing that is dying of cancer metastasis in the liver.

"A month ago I felt healthy and full of life. At the age of 81 I still swim every day for an hour and half. But fate left me. A few weeks ago I learned that I have more liver metastases.

Nine years ago the doctors discovered a rare form of eye cancer, an ocular melanoma. Although due to radiation and because  of the laser i got blinded in that eye, only in rare cases such tumors have metastasis.

I am grateful that by initial diagnosis till now I've had nine years of good health and productivity, but now I find myself face to face with death. Cancer has affected a third of my liver, although its progress can be slowed, this cancer can not be stopped.

Now, depend on me if I want to choose how to live months. I have to live in a way better, deeper and more productive as I can. At this encouraging words of one of my favorite philosophers David Hume, who, after learning that he is sick to death, at the age of 65, one day in April 1776, wrote a short autobiography called 'My Life'.

"Now consider the rapid disintegration, 'he wrote. “I have suffered very little pain from my disorder; and what is more strange, have, notwithstanding the great decline of my person, never suffered a moment’s abatement of my spirits. I possess the same warmth as any time in the study, and the same amusement in society '. .”

Hume continued: "I am ... a man of easy dispositions, of temper control, open humor, social and cheerful, capable in relationship, but a litle sensitive to enmity, and of great content at all My passions.

Here we cut off from Hume. While I am pleased with the connections and lovely friendships and I had no real animosity, I can not say (nor those who know me will not say) I am one of the provisions of light. Rather, I am a man of strong provisions, with violent enthusiasm, and very intemperate in all my passions.

But one sentence from Hume essay seems to me very true. 'It is difficult to be separated from life, more than I am now. Last days I see my life as i watch it by a great height, as a kind of landscape, with great sense of interconnection of all its parts. This doesn't mean that I finished with my life.

Rather, I feel more alive and I hope that the time that remains will deepen my friendship, that will say goodbye to those I love, that I still would write, travel, and if I have the strength and will to achieve a new levels of views and understanding, "writes Oliver SACS for the New York Times.

"I feel suddenly a sharp focus and perspective. There is no time for any trivial things. I have to focus on myself, my work and my friends. I will not watch the news every night. I will not pay attention to politics or debates about global warming.

This is not indifference, but disconnection, because I still have concerns about the Middle East, global warming, for increased inequality, but these are not my problems, because now they belong to the future. I get delighted when I meet gifted teenagers, even the one that has done my biopsy. Yes I feel that the future is in good hands, "says Sacks.

"I was more aware, for 10 years or more, for deaths among my contemporaries. My generation is outgoing and every death I felt like a break, a rip of my parts. There will be no one like us when we're leaving, but no one is like anyone else, ever. When people die, they can not be replaced. They leave holes that can not be met, because is the fate - the genetic and neural fate - of every man to be a special person, to find his path, to live his life, to die his death.

Can not pretend that I have no fear. But the prevailing sentiment to me is the gratitude. I loved and was loved. Took much, but also I have given something. I have read, I traveled, I thought and I write. I had a relationship with the world, a special relationship to the writer and the reader.

Over all, I was being smart, an animal that thinks, on this beautiful planet, and this in itself is a great privilege and adventure "ends his writing SACS Oliver, Professor of Neurology at the University of New York, as and author of many well known books, including "Awakenings" (awakening) and "the Man who mistook His wife for a Hat". / Albasun/

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