"Seve Ballesteros, the swashbuckling Spaniard whose talent and charisma drove the popularity of today's European Tour and the modern Ryder Cup, died yesterday at home in Pedrena, Spain, from complications of brain cancer. He was 54.
Ballesteros won three British Opens, two Masters tournaments, 50 European Tour events and at least 90 tournaments world wide. More importantly, he captured the imagination of millions of fans and thousands of young players who aspired to be just like him.
On Oct. 6, 2008, Ballesteros fainted as he was about to board a plane in Madrid. Tests showed that he had a malignant tumor the size of two golf balls above his right temple. He underwent four surgeries and several chemotherapies and radiation treatments. He managed a few public appearances in 2009, but after he fell off a golf cart in March of 2010 and hit his head, he was seldom seen." (Newsday, 5/7/11)
If the obit was honest, it would read that he died from complications of chemotherapy. When will we start being outraged when people who take chemotherapy die? Why do we not protest the "treatment"? It obviously does not work. It did not cure him. 2-1/2 years after diagnosis, this robust man is dead. If anyone could survive chemo, this man could. But not even Seve was up for that challenge.
Seve Ballesteros. Greta Waitz. These are professional athletes who could not survive chemo. If they can't survive it, what chance do ordinary people have?
Just say not to chemo. THEY HAVE TO DO BETTER THAN THIS!!! People keep dying and they can't put 2 + 2 together. There is a positive correlation between chemotherapy and death. Demand better.