Last week wasn't great for my family. My Dad was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer last Thursday and on Sunday morning his brother passed away (though not entirely unexpectedly).
Anyway, on Thursday after I got the cancer news, I was out at lunch with my secretary and I was filling her in on the disagnosis and treatment. He will be scheduling surgery for sometime in May for his prostate to be removed. At this point in the conversation, a man walked past us, and as he did so, he turned and said to me "Just so you know, about 90% of prostate removal surgeries performed aren't necessary."
Thank you for your unsolicited opinion, Mr "I'm clearly not a prostate surgeon or anything to do with the medical profession based on the company T-shirt I'm wearing". I'll rest much better know that YOU don't think my dad needs surgery, based on 3 seconds of conversation you eavesdropped on.
Who actually says these things out loud to complete strangers? And is this kind of comment ever appropriate?