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Old 10-16-07, 01:50 PM   #1
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Funny how we all think we'll beat the odds.

I guess it's human nature, but it's still interesting.

No matter how we might think the odds are stacked against us, we can always rationalize some way that the statistics don't apply in our particular situation. Maybe we convince ourselves that the conditions are somehow different from all those other people, that bad things won't happen to me because they didn't have X or think of Y or commit themselves to Z. Or maybe we're just foolish enough to think that we're really better than that, that there's something oh-so-special about us that raises us above all those other people. We're to good to be "a statistic," we tell ourselves.

And then after we're done shoveling all that BS on ourselves, reality comes in and reminds you that what you thought was so strong, so indestructible, and so unique just ends up all broken and beaten down, just like every other "statistic."

A wise old surgeon I trained under once said that "the problem with applying population-based statistics to an individual is this: The risk of a complication is zero percent if it doesn't happen to you, and 100 percent if it does." Little did I know that this applies to more than surgery.

So I guess I'll be joining the club. I never thought I'd become a "statistic--" Oh no, we were better than that. We had it figured out. What a crock.
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Not sure if you are trying to tell us something Doc, but I am praying that all is well with you.
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So I guess I'll be joining the club. I never thought I'd become a "statistic--" Oh no, we were better than that. We had it figured out. What a crock.
What's up DrPete? I hope everything is okay.
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Old 10-16-07, 01:59 PM   #4
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Things are neither well nor okay, unfortunately.
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Ok, what happened this time?
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This sounds ominous. I almost don't want to know.
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Old 10-16-07, 02:06 PM   #7
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Nobody beats the odds...eventually they always win.

And to the good Dr...I feel your pain. Going through similar sh$t myself.
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Old 10-16-07, 02:08 PM   #8
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Whatever it is, I hope everything turns out well my friend. I have no idea how I can be of service but if I can help please let me know.
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We're here for you Doc - if you don't have the resources at hand to guide you through maybe we can help shoulder some for you.

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You are beating the odds now. By working on it. Takes time, Pete.

Goooooooooooo with the floooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww................
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Being vague is something something...
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Hey Doc, we wouldn't have asked if we didn't want to know. Are you OK?


As for the first part of your statement, I'm going to flat out disagree with you. I watched someones hope take her through terminal breast cancer. Not only was she told she would die, it happened a week before her husband died of lung cancer. They gave her four months. She said, sorry not happening. The Dr's over at sloan ketering told her she needed to make arrangements for her son. She told them she wasn't dieing. AND SHE DIDN"T. The DR's were so stunned that the cancer went into remission, that two years later when it came back and she was out of money, they treated her for free. She did eventually get to see her son grow up to 14 atleast, but if she gave in when the doctors said she should, she wouldn't have seen him make it past nine.

maybe one day, a long time from now, when you and I are upstairs, I'll look you up and introduce you to my mother.....
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Odds and Stats only matter to some. I hope all will be peaceful for you.

Life is the challenge for all of us. We are dealt the game of life every day, enduring a win, loose or draw. Life really does not belong in our hands but we try so hard to control it anyway.
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Whatever this is, good luck, doc. You always have something to say here and are such a valued part of this little community of ours. All the best in trying times.
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Hey, only one Leukemia patient at a time Pete and I got dibs... So it best not be that.
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Hey Doc, we wouldn't have asked if we didn't want to know. Are you OK?


As for the first part of your statement, I'm going to flat out disagree with you. I watched someones hope take her through terminal breast cancer. Not only was she told she would die, it happened a week before her husband died of lung cancer. They gave her four months. She said, sorry not happening. The Dr's over at sloan ketering told her she needed to make arrangements for her son. She told them she wasn't dieing. AND SHE DIDN"T. The DR's were so stunned that the cancer went into remission, that two years later when it came back and she was out of money, they treated her for free. She did eventually get to see her son grow up to 14 atleast, but if she gave in when the doctors said she should, she wouldn't have seen him make it past nine.

maybe one day, a long time from now, when you and I are upstairs, I'll look you up and introduce you to my mother.....
oh, geez lodi....that is such a touching story!
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MV, Dr.Pete..You win some, you lose some and such is life. Despite how biased the odds seem against you, right now, fact is that you beat some pretty long odds to be who you are right now. Keep your head high and stride though.
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Trying as I might to keep a positive sight on this drama. DrPete has not confirmed any doom or gloom.

You guys may yet to here the whole story. For all you know he may just be getting audited.
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Old 10-16-07, 03:11 PM   #21
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Trying as I might to keep a positive sight on this drama. DrPete has not confirmed any doom or gloom.

You guys may yet to here the whole story. For all you know he may just be getting audited.
He posted other information in another thread on another day. If you read that post, you know whats going on. I'll let him explain more if he so choses.
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For those who don't know, I apologize for the vagueness. I'm having some major marital problems right now, and after a long string of personal sacrifices, frustration, hurt, and suppressed anger driven by hope that things could work out, I sorta learned the hard way that the only one who really wants to work/try/put in the effort anymore is me.
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I'm sorry to hear that DrPete.
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No matter how we might think the odds are stacked against us, we can always rationalize some way that the statistics don't apply in our particular situation.
There are a lot of psychology papers on this...if you really want i could send 'em your way. Probably a waste of your time though, as your line of thinking follows the science...
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