From diagnosis to death in just eight months
Posted on: September 16, 2009 6:37 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2009 6:39 pm
That's all he got.
From diagnosis to death, all Myles Brand got was eight months, and the saddest thing is that eight months of life isn't really that short when dealing with pancreatic cancer. It's a relentless disease that claims thousands in this country every year and has taken two notable figures just this week -- first Patrick Swayze and now Brand.
Studies show 95 percent of people die within five years of diagnosis.
Some die within weeks.
There are no known causes.
And really, that's the most terrifying aspect.
Sure, there are risk factors -- like smoking and obesity -- but there seems to be no true cause and effect at work, and conducting a relatively healthy lifestyle guarantees nothing. By most accounts, Brand was as healthy a 66-year-old as you could find before he was diagnosed. He didn't smoke, wasn't obese, there was no drinking problem or anything like that. He took care of himself, but still got pancreatic cancer and the death sentence that comes with it.
There was no real explanation.
No obvious reason.
Myles Brand was, more or less, just unlucky.
And that's the part that seems most unfair on a day like today.