Are you alive today because of modern medicine?

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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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Edstep
21 days ago

I am a Cancer survivor and lost one kidney. The next year I suffered Heart Failure and now wear a pacemaker. The Good Lord has kept me around for a reason with the assistance of modern medicine.

Steve
2 months ago

I think we all are – Think antibiotics, vaccines and preventative diagnostics.

Philip H. Wood
4 months ago

I have had the misfortune to have had rabbit fever, malaria, and about fifteen years ago bacterial meningitis. I obviously survived these as I wrote this. Nearly eighty and still on the road going strong.

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4 months ago
Reply to  Philip H. Wood

Wow! Keep up the good work, Philip! And we wish you many more years “on the road going strong”! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Garrette
6 months ago

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

Wayne
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

George Maynor
2 years ago

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.

CYoung
2 years ago

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.

PennyPA
2 years ago

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.

Gary Lidahl
2 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Congratulations. Keep spreading your good news. I”m a multiple myeloma survivor due to a Stem Cell transplant.

Nancy Michaels
2 years ago

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!

JFK
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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.

Donna
4 months ago
Reply to  Phil McCraken

We are not just left to die! I have cancer. I’m in round 18 of chemo. I have paid for nothing out of pocket! I have cancer doctors that are second to none.
Please don’t say things like that when you know nothing about our system other then hear say.
I will never have to worry about not being able to pay to receive treatment,are you able to say the same?

Bee O'Neil
2 years ago

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.

Booneyrat
2 years ago

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

Ms Survivor
2 years ago

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

Mike
2 years ago

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

Liz Wharton
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

congratulations to your wife and to you! Transplantation is indeed the miracle of modern medicine.
I received one of my (then partner-now wife’s) kidneys in 1987. In 2000 my son donated one of his kidneys. Because of those gifts, I continued working hard and contributing to my community for an extra 48 years.
Thank you, Barb and Morgan, pura vida.

Buzzelectric
2 years ago

Diabetic.