I did the first interview for my study today. Not a lot to talk about yet--I have to listen to the recoding again, do my summary notes, and then start transcribing.
But one thing my participant said today struck me. Talking about her 100+ year old mother with breast cancer, she told me that they never thought about trying to treat it "at 104, what would be the point? What would be her quality of life?"
How affirming to see not everyone thinks any threat to life needs to be fought tooth and nail, no matter what the context.