Steve Jobs Delayed Possible Life Saving Surgery because it was “Too Invasive”

That’s the problem with “know it alls”, they think they know it all.

Walter Isaacson is an author/ biographer that is working on a book called simply Steve Jobs.  During the time he spent with Steve Jobs he discovered that Jobs refused surgery, early in his illness that could have possibly saved his life because he felt it was too invasive.

Jobs said that he regretted the decision.  Iscaacson says,

“I’ve asked [Jobs why he didn’t get an operation then] and he said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened…I didn’t want to be violated in that way.

“I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking…we talked about this a lot,” and “He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it….I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner.”

It took 9 precious months for Jobs to agree to the surgery.

Isaacson also recounted how Jobs often told everyone that he had beat Cancer while secretly getting treated after the surgery.

Iscaacson will be on 60 minutes this Sunday (October 23rd) and it promises to be DVR worthy.

Walter Iscaason was actually hired by Jobs as Jobs knew he had limited time.  He talks about Jobs thoughts on there being a 50 /50 chance that God exists.  He talks about the impact that the extreme wealth had on the Apple employees calling them “bizarro people”.  Some of this interview will be in Job’s own voice recorded just before his death.

Before you get all Steve Jobsed this 60 minutes episode sounds like it’s one not to be missed.


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