Actor Dax Shepard Writes About Losing His Dad To Lung Cancer/Small Cell - 1255038

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laya d.
Actor Dax Shepard Writes About Losing His Dad To Lung Cancer/Small Cell - 1255038

In December 2012, Actor Dax Shepard lost his 62-year old Dad to Small Cell Lung Cancer. With his loss being so fresh and undoubtedly immeasurable, I think it is very brave of him to discuss his Dad's disease (with his own brand of humor) so publically and openly. You all will note, however, that the mainstream article reporting "on Dax" and not written by Dax fails to mention that his Dad had lung cancer. It simply references "cancer." Hummmphhhhh!

http://daxtumbler.tumblr.com/post/45876994574/my-fathers-horniness

http://todayentertainment.today.com/_news/2013/03/22/17415819-dax-shepar...

Laya

marisa93
Reply To: Actor Dax Shepard Writes About Losing His Dad To Lung

Thank you for sharing Laya. It was indeed very brave for him to write that piece and very typical of the mainstream reporting that goes on regarding lung cancer. I join you in saying "Hummmppphhh!"

Dr West
Reply To: Actor Dax Shepard Writes About Losing His Dad To Lung

With regard to the article highlighting it as a story about someone with cancer and not "lung cancer" specifically, I don't think that one source needs to be perceived as a slight. His particular piece was more about the struggle of having a parent dying of a terminal disease, or cancer more specifically, than discussing the details of managing his cancer. I think it can be taken as a more universal experience of people facing a progressing cancer (of any type) than a story specific to lung cancer. And Dax Shepherd himself didn't shy away from describing it accurately.

That one issue aside, I think it's a very heartfelt, sincere expression of some complex emotions. It was good of him to share them, and I thank you for bringing his piece to our attention.

-Dr. West

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Thanks Laya, it brought tears to my eyes. as it did, I am sure, for many people... the further I have gotten from the pain (time surprisingly just keeps on going...) the more I do see the (personal) good that comes of trauma. Of course, I preface that with - if I could change any thing in my life ever ever ever, it would be to reverse the loss of my dear friend. I would take that over the damn lessons learned any day.

As Dax writes - - "One of the hidden benefits of cancer is that it can erode grudges the way WD-40 dissolves rust. It just finds it’s way into all the nooks and crannies and starts loosening". I learned a lot about really really not caring about the crap - any of the crap - that comes up in our daily lives. It is something I remind myself often.

His piece is somewhat cathartic, and I have much respect for him now. and you - of course - for sharing.
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