Escapee wrote a thought-provoking post on the life, death and fatal decision of former KOMO/Seattle news anchor Kathi Goertzen this week. In his Atmospheric Ruminations post, Escapee contended that the popular anchor could have saved herself with radical surgery early on, that would have knocked her off camera:
I can't help but think that if she'd had all of the tumor taken out when it was first diagnosed, she'd still be here today. She could've taken pride in the fact she'd been a successful news anchor for so long, and she could still be “in the biz” as far as writing, producing, interviewing, etc. Did the fact that she was a News Anchor, whose facial characteristics are transmitted nightly, influence the choices made NOT to remove the Entire Tumor? Is this, perhaps, a fatal case of putting one's job before everything else? Clearly, she loved anchoring the news, and everyone loved her and were praying for her. Maybe she couldn't face life as Not Being An Anchor. In a way, the job might have killed her. More here.