Christopher Hitchens discusses advanced cancer: 'I'm dying'
Prolific author and journalist Christopher Hitchens sat down to chat about life, death and religion with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg.
"How am I? I'm dying," Hitchens replies to Goldberg's opening question. "Everybody is, but ... the process has accelerated on me. So I'm looking for ways to try to die more like you."
The Vanity Fair regular and Atlantic Monthly contributor, who is undergoing treatment for advanced esophageal cancer, says "there are bad days and then there are worse days, and I'm never quite sure whether the exhaustion comes from the treatment or from the tumor itself."
Of his prognosis, the ardent contrarian reveals, "I'm a realist, I'm objective. It's not a good cancer to get. The statistics are very depressing. Mine isn't just in my esophagus, either. It's gone to my lymph nodes. I would be a very lucky person to live another five years."
The British-born anti-theist, who wrote a book entitled "God Is Not Great" in 2007, honestly doesn't hold out for a religious conversion on his death bed. In fact, if such a thing happened, he allows that won't be him.
"The entity making such a remark might be a raving, terrified person whose cancer has spread to the brain. I can't guarantee that such an entity wouldn't make such a ridiculous remark, but no one recognizable as myself would ever make such a remark,"
But he has also says, "Pray for me if you wish."
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