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Spending that time with a great young couple who are facing a similar diagnosis was very special. To be able to make a difference, to be able to give hope, simply by being there – felt good!

Every day breathing feels good 😉

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Hi Rosalind

I actually found that not knowing became my greatest friend.

It was far better not to know, than to know I was going to die soon.
I had to accept that the oncologist had told me what he considered the truth. Then I used my knowledge of probability to see that all such probability distributions have a long tail. It just became my job to put myself as far out on that tail as I could.

Probability is founded in not knowing.
Knowing is resolving probability down to one of two states – 0 or 1.
Far greater chances of survival if one can stay in the not knowing, and living within the probability distribution.

At least that is how I manage to make sense of it to myself.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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