If you learned you had a terminal illness, or if you contracted some progressively-debilitating disease, would you do your best to finish your work-in-progress? Would you make the effort to get it published, or to see that it got published? The question assumes that you can still think and type or at least dictate, and that you're not distracted night and day with pain. Thing is, a woman I know has a completed manuscript, an American Civil War biography, and a year or two back she told me she had a publisher who was interested and would work with her to enhance her book's appeal to their target audience. Well, since then she's developed Parkinson's Disease. When I saw her the other day I asked if her book was available, thinking I'd buy a copy and send readers her way. After all, if I were in her position, seeing my book sell would be a real encouragement. To my surprise, she reacted as if I'd asked something like, "Hey, are you still involved in that bondage cult?" She angrily told me she was doing nothing more with writing, she had more important things to tend to, and she didn't want to hear one word about it, Not One Word. She has the right to feel as she does on the matter, whether I understand it or not. But what about you? Would you soldier on to get your work out there before it was too late--- or would writing turn irrelevant in the face of disease and impending death? Somebody on these forums asked a similar question the other day about a literary situation, but I'm curious what you would do for real.