Saluting with misty eyes
Believe me when I tell you that I can completely and totally understand where these toughts are coming from and what this question means to you. I was mis-diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 12 and went through all of the treatments that were available at that. Then I was told it wasn't, and then I was told again that it was, and then I was told that it wasn't... My father was also diagnosed with a "possible" case of brain cancer that took 2 brain surgeries and 3 doctors to confirm. When you are faced with the greatest crisis any human being can face, the uncertainty of what is next, and the possible loss of their life, it is VERY easy to become depressed.
To answer your question about why the vagueness of the medical profession... liability and the wish to be completely wrong in a diagnoses. If a doctor tells you tht you have cancer, however they want to run some more tests to confirm it, and you spend a couple of weeks depressed, and maybe you do yourself harm because of the possibilities, and it turns out you DIDN'T have the illness, then your family owns the doctor. If you don't harm yourself, then YOU could sue the doctor because tof the mental strain and the pressure he "needlessly" put you through. I am not accusing, nor am I judging, I am simply stating the facts.
If the doctor DOESN'T tell you and then you get to the stage where treatment is not an option... then you own the doctor.
It is very simply a CYA for the doctors... plus, the doctors don't want to be right ever. By telling you maybe, there is always the hope.
As for what to do next?
Lots of prayer, if that is your thing. Positive thinking, and imagining yourself to be well, and to have this taken from you.
My thougghts and prayers are with you in this time.
We are all equal but we’re individually different
and able to reach the impossible if we try.
[This message has been edited by Ringo (12-18-2003 03:14 PM).]