“The purpose of life is a life with a purpose. So, I’d rather die for a cause than live a life that is worthless. Immortal Technique”Anonymous
Dreams of Medical Immortality
Tanka by Marsha Ingrao
Living forever In fragility and pain Reconstituted from sacrificial donors grave responsibility
My friend Alex had kidney disease. His sister-in-law gave him one of her kidneys. She disapproved of his lifestyle, maybe she worried about what he was doing to her kidney through habits or a lifestyle. Possibly she thought she owned him. Did she regret her decision?
Then he had throat cancer. His larynx was removed. No more talking for the man who loved to talk. He never recovered. He died in a house fire.
His brother wouldn’t honor Alex with a funeral, so his friends did. Alex’s brother and his wife spewed hatred all over the woman who planned his memorial service. I’m glad Alex did not see their reaction.
Immortality As yet, unachievable We all make choices Not to ask favors of one Even to prolong our lives?
I wonder what choices Alex would have made if he had been omniscient.
I wept inconsolably for Alex when he died. The cost of medical immortality is dear and not impervious to death.
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