Saturday, 2 June 2007

Man without a stomach

I never knew we could live without a stomach!

We met a guy at a dinner reception last night and discovered he had his stomach completely removed. I am sure you can guess why. The BIG C, of course. Yes, he had cancer of the stomach. I think he also had part of his liver removed. But he still has his intestines. He opted not to have chemotherapy. A lot of people believe that the moment you go for chemo, you are as good as dead. Chemo is non-discriminatory. It kills good and bad cells.

So he's alive and cured (s0rt of). That's the good news.

The bad news? It can put you in the poor house. He had to take 4 pills a day for 5 years. You got it, the blood-sucking pharmaceutical companies charge a bomb for them. RM100 for one pill. That's RM400 a day. RM146,000 a year. RM730,000 for five years. That's not including the cost of surgery and doctor's fees. And he has to take it for the rest of his life. He's taking 2 pills a day now.

So, what is the price of life? Fortunately for this cancer survivor, he owns a factory and could sell off a couple of his houses. But for the rest of us mere salary-earners your best bet is to try very hard to stay healthy.

Still wonder why we need a healthy campus?

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