Most people have a lot to learn about navigating end of life issues. My dear friend/colleague/mentor Joan Blumenfeld, 85, is learning firsthand through her own end of life experience, and she is serving as a guide for anyone who hears her story.
Joan says, “I mention stage IV lung cancer whenever it is appropriate. I always feel I’m bringing some light to a big taboo that is good for others to talk about and see me talk about it without falling apart!!!”
More to the point, Joan is dying. We will all die someday, but Joan is aware that her days on earth are limited. She was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in August 2016.
Joan is also living.