Giving Voice to Mayling's Story
Arbore, Patrick, Aging Today
Mayling, a Chinese woman who had been diagnosed with stomach cancer 17 years earlier, taught me a great deal about suffering. She had bouts of intense physical pain that were being treated by a palliative care nurse specialist. As the director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco, I was asked to see Mayling.
Even though Mayling's physical pain was being treated with a variety of medications, she still seemed to be suffering. She told me, "I can't even sit. Is this a way to live? Is this what people call quality of life? I don't see any meaning, so why go on? There is no logic, no explanation, no …
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Publication information: Article title: Giving Voice to Mayling's Story. Contributors: Arbore, Patrick - Author. Magazine title: Aging Today. Volume: 28. Issue: 4 Publication date: July/August 2007. Page number: 5+. © American Society on Aging Jan/Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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