This dilemma caused me to pull together a lot of things that had been in the round tuit box for some time. First and foremost get the Advanced Directive registered with my health provider. Secondly figure out what my priorities for the rest of my life should be. Cancer, like strokes, heart disease, and many other ailments are to old age what head and neck injuries, joint damage, and wounds are to younger people. If it doesn't kill you, you have to decide what compromises you have to make to continue to live a meaningful life worth dying for. In other words, get your living priorities articulated in a way that can be discussed with others that are significant in your life including your medical team.
At 76 I am well aware that life is finite and death will come sooner or later, preferably much later but not at the cost of compromising those things that make life worthwhile. While alive my priorities sorted out to be
- Don't die.
- Live as you have enjoyed living most of your life, in my case keep singing among several other high priority activities that make up my daily life.
- Deal with serious health issues in a way that keep the above in perspective.
And many more as it turned out the protocol worked beyond most medical expectations and at this point the tumor and metastases are gone according to the usual cancer scans. There is nothing useful that medicine can do at this point but watch for a recurrence.