Palliverse contributor Elizabeth Caplice shares this candid post with us. Thank you, Elizabeth.
i’m sorry for all the people in my life i haven’t had a chance to already talk to this about in person, and this is sort of why i’ve been quieter on social media.
but my treatment, and treatment aims have started to move into the next phase of stage IV cancer, and we’re at a point where we can start talking a timeline. i am now, without question, terminally ill – which means, my life expectancy is under 12 months. for the first time, i asked my oncologist straight out for numbers, because he said that a point would come where he could start estimating. that point is now. his ‘worst case’ estimate (all treatment failing now) is 3 months, and his ‘best case’ estimate (all treatment working for as long as would be expected) is 12 months. the reality will lie somewhere between those two figures.
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