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Parting WaysNew Rituals and Celebrations of Life's Passing$
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Denise Carson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251083

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251083.001.0001

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Her Choice: Two Paths Leading to the Same Destination

Her Choice: Two Paths Leading to the Same Destination

(p.11) One Her Choice: Two Paths Leading to the Same Destination
Parting Ways

Denise Carson

University of California Press

This chapter is a narrative of the author whose mother was suffering from cancer. The author recollects the memories of one of her visits along with her mother to the Kenneth Norris Cancer Hospital on the University of Southern California campus to meet the doctor. She recalls feeling disturbed when the doctor under whom his mother is going through treatment, suggests to her mother an experimental chemotherapy treatment where two kinds of chemotherapies are mixed to test the toxicity levels in humans. The author remembers interrupting the doctor's conversation saying she would not let her mother to be their guinea pig. However, despite the author's opposition, her mother readies for the experiment as she believes in the quality of life, not in the quantity of life. Furthermore, this chapter also peeps into the memories of the author's father.

Keywords:   Kenneth Norris Cancer Hospital, chemotherapy, experimental treatment, cancer, quality of life

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