I was reflecting on the palliative care visit and thought you may be interested in the pain story. I asked why do people talk about pain and dying so frequently as I want one of those passed away with everyone and the dog around and happy stories. Response is that pain is reasonably easy to manage if done as you go with ongoing help.They even have drugs that can make you think you are breathing ok when you are not, one for me for sure. Anyway there is so much association of pain and cancer because of history, movies and most importantly a lot of people do not have access to proper care be it due to not having health insurance, beliefs or general circumstance and yes some of them endure a lot. Bottom line is there can be a lot of bad outcomes but in Australia there shouldn’t be…….get insurance!