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Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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Breast Cancer and Public Discourse

January 13, 2014

This blog post is in response to the Op-ed by #Bill Keller :


The fear is real. Very very real. Human beings are not designed to give up! Breast cancer is neither about pink ribbons nor about warriors or battles. Women like Lisa Bonchek Adams via social media and Sharon Marroquin in my film Foreign Puzzle allow incredible access to the raw, honest truth not the pink fluff because there is so little public discourse about the real shit. It gives perspectives that cannot be gathered from books, physicians and other “Educational Resources” And I am ever grateful for what these women contribute in public education on breast cancer. How @adamslisa chooses to deal with her metastatic cancer is her problem.

When a woman has to be kept alive because she houses her unborn child, where folks can fight to keep a brain dead person alive …what is wrong in a living person wanting to do everything she can to prolong her life. Isn’t that what the survival instinct is all about? On the same token if a person wants to stop all medical treatment and focus on the inevitable that is fine too.
As a physical therapist, I have seen many patients who I thought wont live past that night walk out of the hospital and those who seemed like they will make it, be rolled out. Life and death is not our choice but how we live is.

Please check her blog: I think she will be happy to hear from you all. Can we not respect Lisa Adams choices for life and choices for to cope with her illness without thrusting our views and right methodologies?

Also recommend reading:

On Live-Tweeting One’s Suffering – Journalists question the ethics of cancer—of fighting it, and of blogging about it

Social media is a conversation, not a press release, How @nytkeller and @emmagkeller flunk understanding @adamslisa.

No Shame: Bill Keller Bullies Cancer Victim –

Bill and Emma Keller’s bizarre pieces about cancer patient Lisa Adams – The former Times executive editor and his wife both call a Stage 4 cancer patient undignified in print



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