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February 04, 2017

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Richard Dickens

In following your posts beginning with "A Risk of Empowering Patients" I am reminded of what a young adult patient stated in a group many years ago when I began my work in oncology. He called himself a "realistic Optimist". He was going to do everything he could to beat his disease but he also wanted to live with the reality he didn't have complete control over the outcome. I have shared that with many patient groups over the years when the issue of uncertainty or false hope comes up.
Thanks for an in-dept exploration of the meaning of HOPE.

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