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Seven 7hings to Think About While You Think About Dying

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Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.
- Dylan Thomas
You never fully realize just how much you want to live until you think you’re going to die.
For about 10 days, I thought I was going to die.  I know that sounds all melodramatic but it really happened that way.
I went to see a doctor due to a random pain in my abdomen.  The doctor ordered a CT scan and the next day she called to tell me that it showed that I had, “...a possible lesion on the head of [my] pancreas.”

Though I had no other symptoms, my mind immediately leapt to the worst possible outcome:  the lesion was pancreatic cancer.  I did some research and discovered that only 5% of people with pancreatic cancer are alive five years after their diagnosis.

Sidetrack for the best joke I wrote a couple days after the phone call: Doctor:  “You have a possible lesion on the head of your p-”
Me:  *gasp*
Doctor:  “-ancreas.”
Me:  “Oh, thank God it’…