When A Daughter Dies, by Steven Levitt's father Michael
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Gratitude
Michael Levitt's short essay poignantly describes the events leading up to the death of his daughter Linda, lost to cancer just 20 days after the initial MRI demonstrated the brain tumors:
The purpose of this brief chronicle is not to criticize the practice of medicine. While I had several disagreements with non-physicians, the physicians who cared for my daughter, without exception, were very understanding and gave freely of their time. Each did everything possible to deal with her enormously aggressive malignancy. Rather, I have attempted to relate the experiences of a father/physician as he watches his daughter die of cancer. Her course was a testament to the limitations of medical care. In this era of molecular biology, the most valuable medication was morphine, a drug that has been available for almost 200 years.
Although painful, I am capable of describing the events of my daughter’s illness.
When I try to describe my despair and grief, words fail.