A doctor's view: Dying patients hold on for important milestones

Dr. Mikkael Sekeres relates the story of a patient with multiple cancers who was determined to attend his granddaughter's wedding. Seriously ill patients often find a way to hang on until they achieve an important milestone, whether it's a family wedding or seeing a loved one for the last time, Sekeres writes. While one study found that was not true for birthdays or holidays, those are not the type of events people really anticipate.

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