All that purple around town. It’s all very meaningful — the love and respect for those who have had cancers, have survived them and those who have not.
It’s also about their caregivers. Cancer is never a “me” business — there’s always a team involved, often just one. Most often, a spouse.
It’s the Relay for Life on Friday night at Kendrick Park.
To date, 11 teams have signed on for the American Cancer Society’s big event. It’s an opportunity about remembrance and hope and how for many, the fight continues.
It begins at 6 p.m.
Here’s a short story about a caregiver, mine.
I was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma in December 2002. It’s a nasty and rare blood cancer. I went through a difficult chemotherapy regimen called hyper-CVAD for five months; that done, we were then off to Seattle for a stem cell transplant.
Cancer patients feel much guilt for all the crap they are putting their families through. The risky expense, the virtually indeterminable mass of insurance forms that have to be resolved, the ongoing clinical appointments, the cancer-speak from doctors and nurses that are seemingly endless and tend to be one never-ending blur. The big decision making. All that. Plus, the doubt, the fear.
We had to close up our home, rent an apartment in downtown Seattle, pull our daughter out of school and face some grim realities head-on. On that first day in Seattle, when we first opened the door to this tiny, urban apartment that was to be home for an uncertain future living among other cancer patients and caregivers, it all finally got to me. I choked up at the tumult I was causing. Then Susan, The Caregiver, declared firmly: “We can do this.”
And we did.
Celebrate the caregivers.
Dept. of incidental info………
• A Florida judge, who challenged a public defender to a fistfight in his courtroom, is under investigation by the state bar association. Judge John Murphy said to public defender Andrew Weinstock, “let’s go outside and I’ll just beat you’re a—,” following a contentious exchange in court June 2. There was a hallway scuffle as both men exited the courtroom. The judge allegedly threw a punch.
• The New York Times reports how the cable viewing audience is getting older. The average Fox News viewer is 68.8 years of age. Its star host — Bill O’Reilly – has viewers that are older – 72.1. The median age for MSNBC in May’s ratings was 62.5. Over at CNN, it was 62.8.
“In electronic publishing, they’re are no editors and if there are there not very good.”
— Garrison Keillor, American author, journalist, radio host