Have you heard about The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch? He's the professor who is dying of pancreatic cancer. Rather than curling up in a ball and complaining about what he's been dealt, he decided to do what he could for his family to help prepare them for what's coming. He said it was like his family was getting ready to be thrown over a cliff and he wouldn't be there to catch them. But, he said he did have some time left to make some nets. I would only hope that I could be that optimistic when faced with a disease with a 5% survivability over 5 years.
If you haven't yet seen his video it's available online in a million different places, you should go check it out. It might give a new perspective on things in life.
What he is facing is one big fear in life, that something will happen to me and I will miss out on raising my babies. I can't imagine what it's like to be given a death sentence when you have small children. ( I think his kids were 4, 2 and 3 months when he was diagnosed.) I'm sure it happens all the time, and most people don't get the coverage that this guy does. It's still an interesting lecture.