But last year she relapsed. I was only able to get her into a remission for about a year with treatment. Frankly, my inability to do it surprised me because she’d had a 9 year disease free interval which almost always predicts for a high durable response rate to treatment. But everything exploded after a year and I couldn’t get her cancer under control for more than brief months at a time. Her death was really devastating to me. My staff simply adored her. There were a lot of tears shed in the cancer center when I informed them.
The fact that the text is partly in German excludes almost totally that the text was written in France or by French people. French was fashionable in intellectual circles throughout Europe, whereas the use of German was almost totally restricted to the German-speaking part of Europe (today’s Germany, parts of the Austrian empire and Switzerland).
It would take very long to prepare the wood, it’s also very labour-intensive, the resulting structure will (as the original) be heavy and a fire hazard. Other cathedrals have received lightweight steel roof structures without anyone complaining so this is probably the way to go, especially if it should be completed within the announced five years.
The possibility that the fire was the result of arson cannot be dismissed. Barely an hour after the flames began to rise above Notre Dame — at a time when no explanation could be provided by anyone — the French authorities rushed to say that the fire was an “accident” and that “arson has been ruled out.” The remarks sounded like all the official statements made by the French government after attacks in France during the last decade.
In 1905, the French parliament passed a law decreeing that all the properties of the Catholic Church in France were confiscated. Churches and cathedrals became the property of the State. Since then, successive governments have spent little money to maintain them. Those churches that have not been vandalized are in poor condition, and most cathedrals are in poor condition, too. Even before the devastating fire, the Archdiocese of Paris stated that “it can’t afford all the repairs” that Notre Dame needed, “estimated at $185 million.”
Last summer she was able to make a final family trip. I adjusted her treatment to allow her to attend her daughter’s graduation from medical school on the East Coast. On her return appointment, I was presented with the photo of her entire family with her daughter in cap and gown at the ceremony. She looked great, beautifully dressed, a wonderful smile and holding one last sign that said “Thank you Dr. Chan”.