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Steve Jobs Refused Life-Saving Surgery

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What a tough decision.

Walter Isaacson, the biographer with whom Steve Jobs trusted his life story with, was told by Jobs himself that he refused life-saving surgery on his pancreatic cancer.

Jobs instead tried alternative therapies, which he later regretted.

Talking about his upcoming book Steve Jobs, Isaacson says:

I've asked [Jobs why he didn't get an operation then] and he said, 'I didn't want my body to be opened…I didn't want to be violated in that way.'"

After his wife urged him to get the surgery, Jobs finally gave in nine months later. By that time, it was too late. Isaacson reveals why he thinks Jobs didn't do it sooner:

"I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don't want something to exist, you can have magical thinking…we talked about this a lot. He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it….I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner."

That is just so heartbreaking. To think that having that surgery sooner could have saved the life of Jobs. It's just so tragic. We can't even begin to understand what was going on in his mind during that time.

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