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The Kate Mulgrew Interview (Page 4 of 4)

An Interview with Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew:  I do not know.  We talked about it at breakfast this morning. I think it is fear.  It is awfully difficult to confront your mortality in this life.  It is one thing to know that you are going to die in a war, die of cancer, die in childbirth.  It is another thing to know it will take you 10 long years to die and that, slowly but surely, you are going to lose everyone in your family.  So we have to overcome that fear.  It is our duty as a society to harness our energies, to lend our resources, and come to grips with the fact that this must be dealt with now.

Gary Barg:  You speak about the clinical trials. What is holding us up from producing appropriate clinical trials?

Kate Mulgrew:  Well, you know as well I know, there is not enough funding.  Why is there not enough funding?  For exactly the reason I just said; and also because it is an ugly disease.  It is viewed as an ugly disease.  It is not glamorous.  It is not sexy.  There will be a death and it will be terribly unpleasant, but it is going to be altogether more unpleasant if it is done without the dignity it deserves.  So we have to get the funding.  We have to go to Congress.  We have to go to the Hill.  We have to go to one another.  I travel around like this.  You have got your book.  You keep doing your thing.

Let us get a little stirred up now.  Enough of indolence and passive behavior.  Everybody is very interested in their galas and their luncheons and their balls, and where is the money?  I need the money for the clinical trials.  We need the money to find this cure.

Gary Barg:  What is the one piece of advice—if you just had one thing you can report to the family caregivers—what would that one nice important piece of advice be?

Kate Mulgrew:  Whatever else you are doing, I would say to them, reach down deep and acknowledge that you are extremely special.  You are one of the exalted ones.  In your exhaustion and in your occasional moments of despair and when it looks like nobody else gives a damn, you have to know, in a sort of mystical way, that you are indeed an exalted one.

Gary Barg:  Thank you Kate.


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