For the most part, men and women take health for granted. Not until something endangers this health, do they realize how precious life really is to each of them. Thus, when a person is diagnosed as having any major illness, such as cancer, it is not difficult to understand why this person would feel fear and depression, as well as a multitude of other emotions.
Williams, Denise, "The Emotional Care of the Dying Patient and His Family" (1978). Honors Projects. 29.