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Of Cancer And Foxholes And Atheists - An Inspiring Profile In Courage
Esther Damaser of Yellow Springs, Ohio has a rare form of cancer called "ocular melanoma" which is resistant to treatment and almost 100% fatal after it has metastasized. Over her 28 years since being diagnosed with the disease she has basically taken treatment into her own hands. It's not that she doesn't trust doctors - indeed she says that she "marvels" whenever one of them freely offers their knowledge to her while she is seeking out treatments - but rather that she wisely recognizes the reality of her situation. That is to say that her cancer is a rare form that does not receive a lot of research dollars, and that doctors, while helpful and educated, are not omniscient. It is a "do it yourself disease", as she quips, and she has been remarkably successful as evidenced by her long-term survival and quality of life.
She's also been an atheist all her life.
The process of seeking new treatments and trials, taking risks, then finding if those risks have added time to her life or taken it away has sometimes been wrenching, Damaser says. And while many people find that facing a life-threatening illness leads them to become more religious, she has not taken that route. A lifelong atheist, Damaser found she hasn’t followed the maxim that “there are no atheists in foxholes” — those who find God while in a life-threatening situation.
“I’m in a foxhole here,” she said. “I’m facing my imminent demise. And I’m still an atheist. Religion gives me no comfort.” -[Original news story written by reporter Diane Chiddister of Yellow Springs News Online]
My very best wishes to Esther, and here's to her courage and tenacity! She's truly an inspiring human being.