Are you alive today because of modern medicine?


We are living longer than ever in part because we are the beneficiaries of modern medicine. Many more life threatening conditions including heart disease and cancer are now curable or controlled by modern medicine than 20 or 30 years ago.

What about you? Are you here today because of advances in medical care? Did heart surgery prolong your life, or modern therapies or drugs help cure your cancer, or quick action by well-equipped medics and doctors save you from a serious accident? Take a few seconds to respond to our poll.

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I will say that because of modern medicine, my life is more enhanced, or comfortable and certainly more worry free.


Was told 1.5 years ago I had maybe 6 months due to cancer. Have had kemo and radiation. Not cured but still going and traveling in our RV is even more fun than ever. Setting here in campground right now. Every day is a blessing. Just lost my mother at 95 years. Hard to loose but she had a good long life and I very much believe in a better place now

Carol A Forrest

Ovarian cancer, found early, radical surgery and 6 tratments with chemo. No evidence of recurrence for 13-1/2 years and very grateful to be alive.

Keith Goldsmith

Type 1 diabetic for 56 years. new insulins, Testing, pumps & education & I am celebrating my 65th b’day in a few days.

George Maynor

23 years ago I was diagnosed with what was then a terminal blood ailment. Given less than a year to live. New drugs became available which literally saved my life making a deadly ailment manageable.


New method developed to treat my APL leukemia. 15 years ago, APL leukemia was a death sentence. Then a dermatologist and a hematologist were golfing. Talking, they discovered the dermatologist was treating the same protein for skin issues that was attacking red blood cells. Long story short, they developed a retin A treatment to basically cure APL leukemia. Great doctor golfing story.


I had emphysema due to smoking. On O2 24/7 until 2008 when I went to Duke University in NC for lung reduction surgery (I was too chicken to go for a transplant). After having 1/3 of each lung removed, I no longer use O2! We hit the road in June of that year and have been traveling the highways and by-ways of this great country ever since.

Nancy Michaels

Several years ago I had kidney stones that blocked the connecting tubes. The resulting backup caused an e-coli blood infection. IV antbiotics every day for 2 weeks saved me. I’ve also survived two episodes of breast cancer and count myself among the blessed!


Thank God, the doctors and modern medicine in general, an ultrasound performed on my inflamed and sore left leg 9 years ago, when I was 55, showed a blood clot building. With short term medication, awareness and diet change, a potential for a stroke was averted.

Phil J

Eleven years ago I had a MRI for a disc problem but it showed something on a kidney. Long story short after an ultrasound and a CT scan it was determined that it was a early and small malignant cancer. Had surgery to remove the tumor and still have 90% of the kidney. Still cancer free.

Diane M

Husband had to take a drug for 3 months when he had a pulse of 160 due to infection. (Otherwise healthy man, at 74 totally clean arteries!) That started 18 months of hell as side effects included Congestive Heart Failure, Hypothyroidism & skin cancer. His aortic valve, which had been replaced with a human valve 28 yrs prior due to a congenital defect, started failing. Within a week of determining he need a new valve, a miracle device called a CORE TAVR was slipped over old valve in a 45 minute procedure (thru groin, like an angiogram). Procedure was done on a Thurs, went home Sunday. Lost all the fluid from CHF, only needs to take an aspirin a day, plus mild BP med. He is back to doing things, eating, sleeping well & we can start traveling again. It’s like the last 18 months never happened. Thanks Medtronics for designing the new valve. And thank the Lord because many people who took that drug have died from lung fibrosis, the number one side effect, which so far my husband has no evidence of. (The drug can take years to leave the body even after taking it only 3 months). We are hoping in the next 6 months he can stop taking thyroid medication & so far no more skiin cancer. Feeling very blessed to say the least.

Phil McCraken

Are people that I’ll informed who don’t realize you have yourself. Polio, heart disease, etc.

It amazes me, how we take for granted modern medicine. What amazes me more is that we want to socialize it, similar to Canada. You want proof, look at the survival rates of advanced staged cancer survivors up north. You are just left to die, not the way we Americans have approached anything until the recent past. But, times are a changin.

Bee O'Neil

Went for my annual physical in ’05. Discovered aortic aneurysm. It was a ‘4’ and had to be a ‘5’ before insurance would cover it. Had to wait about 6 months for it to grow to ‘5’.

My episode was about the same time the actor John Ritter died from his aneurysm. I had no problem with scheduling the surgery ASAP

UCLA Med Ctr installed a ‘pig valve’ in Jan ’06 and all is well today.


Complications from Agent Orange,without modern medicine, a lot of us old Vietnam vets would be long gone.

Ms Survivor

I had breast cancer in 2007 and with surgery and radiation I am alive today to tell you about it!


My wife got a lung transplant two years ago. The RV has been a major help because it gave us a place to stay during many visits to the hospital. It also enabled me to control the germs and the chemicals she was influenced by post transplant. And also gave me a portable generator to power the 02 concentrator