Letter: Good prognosis

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The Independent Online
Sir: I was extremely distressed to read of my impending death in Bryan Appleyard's article today ('Reflections from the tightrope', 23 June). I am sorry if I gave the wrong impression, but the fact is that I have chronic leukaemia, not an acute form, and I am not at this point taking medication at all.

I was upset when I found out that I had the disease, yes, but all the medical specialists I have seen have assured me that my life can continue normally, with general good health. At age 57 that is a decent prognosis. So you will appreciate that any notion of my actually dying from this leukaemia imminently is incorrect.

Yours sincerely,

EDWARD SAID

London, SW1

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