Wednesday, March 22, 2006

And now a sad entry ...

I hate, hate posting sad stuff here, but I guess this is a cancer blog after all.

About a month or so ago, I started getting some friendly comments on my blog from Amanda, a young woman who told me that her husband was battling leukemia. They were both in their early 20s, married just two years. She told their amazing story on her own blog, Cancer: It's Not Just an Astrological Sign Anymore. I read the whole thing. Eric was first diagnosed as a teenager but went into remission. A little over a year ago, the cancer returned, and the couple moved across the country so he could have a bone-marrow transplant at Johns Hopkins. Amanda worked to support them while also caring for Eric full-time during the transplant. Things seemed to be going all right after the transplant, but the cancer suddenly came back earlier this month. Last Friday evening, Eric passed away.

It's all so very sad, and it shows that cancer can affect anybody, even young, young newlyweds who are supposed to have long, happy futures ahead of them. I never met Amanda or even really corresponded with her much -- we just exchanged a couple of brief blog comments -- but I feel like I know her, after reading her blog. Her final entry is understandably very, very angry, and she says that her blog is closing for good now.

I know there is nothing we can do to make things better for her. I just invite you to read their story, or post a little message of condolence, or visit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society web site to learn more about blood cancers, or, heck, just spend the day being extra appreciative of your spouse and giving your kids extra hugs. Anything you want to do.

I'll go back to writing about dumb stuff tomorrow, I swear.

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