As I recovered, I was captivated by the power of Bijou's mere presence as she let me massage her pointy skull and plush ears, and of her absolute insistence on living in the moment -- even as she coped with her own medical woes.
A recent AMA study showed that prostate cancer patients often opt for inappropriate or unnecessary treatment by practitioners touting their own specialties while disparaging or dismissing others. My own experience was typical.
Cancer is perhaps the most frightening of all diseases we face. And the thing is, it's very often entirely preventable. If we simply made some different decisions, earlier, many cancers would never happen.