One of my closest friends was unexpectedly diagnosed with leukemia in 2007. She found out from a routine lab test. She was told by physicians that if she did NOT have chemotherapy and radiation she would be dead in two years. She went through ALOT of discomfort, side effects, infections, losing her hair.
She told me, "this is my life, so I want more than two years!"
She was dead in a year and a half WITH the treatments. I asked someone who knew her, "what happened? I can't believe she is gone."
He said, "The treatments killed her. She was TOTALLY symptom free when she was diagnosed." Of course, this was his opinion.
However, from her experience, I feel very skittish about whether or not I would have chemotherapy, if given the option.
All I know is that I want my dignity and quality of life up until my Creator takes me.
Thank you for a thought-provoking question. Blessings, Sparklea