Oliver Sacks’ brave disclosure about his terminal cancer in the New York Times: “My Own Life: Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer,” on February 19th, brings to mind another choice of dealing with an illness which we encountered in Israel just the other day.
Earlier this year we were informed that one of our ministers, Uri Orbach, a relatively young man, was gravely ill. On February 16th, 2015 at the age of 54 he died. After his passing, still, there was no mention of the exact nature of his disease. Wikipedia in Hebrew specifically states that in 2012 Orbach was diagnosed as having hematological disease.
Whether it is a private or a public figure, the decision to share with others the details of an illness, is personal. But having lost my husband to cancer at the age of 55 I feel that it could be very beneficial to talk openly about the illness.
Please keep reading in the Times Of Israel