AB: I think one important thing is money. The health care reimbursement system by and large makes people choose between aggressive treatment and hospice. That means that people need to essentially give up hope in order to get the benefits of hospice. I think in the future, a more porous border between the two will help people think of this subject in a more realistic way, and to think about fighting hard for a cure AND at the same time being more open to considering what the future might possibly hold.
JB: It makes sense to me; I like it. In all the excitement, we didn't get to talk about what you're working on now.
AB: Ah -- I am rolling my eyes back into my head waiting for inspiration to strike!
Amanda by Amanda Bennett collection
JB: [I'm not too worried on that score, Amanda...] And is that on or off the record?
AB: Ha! On!
JB: Anything to add before we wrap this up?
AB: Just that I hope some of my experiences might be helpful to other people going through this! And thank you so much.
JB: It was great talking with you, Amanda. Thanks so much!
TED Med talk, 2013: When Death is the Enemy, What is Victory?
The Cost of Hope website