Monday, June 30, 2008
There are some serious things happening to people in my life right now, and it's got me thinking about sacrifice. Specifically, what part of myself would I sacrifice to survive. Sounds strange I know, but in this world of cancer and disease it is a very real possibility we may have to make such a choice at some point in our lives. Your breast, your bladder, a large portion of your colon, a foot, a leg..... It's morbid to contemplate, and often there will be no other choice, which really isn't making a choice at all. But I'm thinking of the situations when you have a choice, usually a choice between two treatments one being more likely to succeed and more extreme. You can take a chance on one treatment while maintaining your vanity and pride, or you can opt for the more extreme treatment, perhaps sacrificing some personal dignity but gaining a greater assurance of future health. It's hard to know how you will react when faced with your own mortality. Can you be strong enough to sacrifice part of yourself? Would I still feel like me, even though a part of me is missing?