I'm writer and free software author Pieter Hintjens and I'm dying of cancer, ask me anything!
My short bio: My latest book is "Social Architecture", a HOWTO for building on-line communities. My other books are "The Psychopath Code", "Culture & Empire", and "ZeroMQ" (O'Reilly). You can read them free on GitBook. I've been programming since I was 17. Since 2007 I've been the founder and benevolent dictator of the ZeroMQ community (it's free software for high performance distributed software in any language).
Five years ago I had cancer of the bile duct, and last month CT and PET scans and biopsies showed that it's come back (metastasis) in both lungs. This is an aggressive cancer that doesn't respond well (if at all) to chemotherapy, so I'm preparing to die. Pragmatically, this means winding down my projects, preparing my young kids for the change, and planning my death.
In Belgium, my country, euthanasia is legal and I will use it when things go south. To be clear, I'm not sure when I'm going to die. My cancer might respond to chemo. The love from my friends and family and cats could magically cure me. What I know is that my lungs work a little worse every week, and my oncologists aren't even trying to pretend there's hope.
My proof: My article, "A Protocol for Dying contains a scan of the summary report from my hospital stay. Scroll down. It's in French, and explains my cancer and the treatment with FOLFOX chemo. I've also a link back to this AMA on my blog home page.
Note, I'd started an AMA yesterday which the mods removed because the title seemed to promote suicide. Hence the new AMA today.
Edit: thank you for the gold, kind stranger! This is my first gold ever on Reddit. I feel honored. Am currently getting FOLFOX pumped into me, so am continuing to answer questions. Happily the clinic has WiFi.