Monday, June 06, 2005

A Little Blegging, if You Don't Mind

Well, the rush of people coming to my site who have googled "ripley IQ game solution" seems to have abated, so I guess I have to actually post some new content to attract and keep readers. Nuts; that seems so much like work.

Here goes, though. Let me tell you a story. I have a friend, a co-worker, who recently turned 30. A few years ago she discovered a lump in her breast. It was sensitive to the touch and when she next saw her doctor she mentioned this lump to her. The doctor wasn't much impressed, not the least because of my friend's age; she was just in her late twenties at the time, a rare age for a woman to get breast cancer. Over the next couple years the sensitivity of the lump increased and eventually became downright painful. My friend went to another doctor who was concerned and referred her to a specialist, who examined her and recommended that it be removed immediately. When our boss called us into her office to tell us of the diagnosis, we were shocked. We knew of the lump, and we were aware of the possibility of what it might be, but none of us expected it to be that dire. We were wrong. My friend underwent surgery in the spring of 2004 to have the lump removed and later had her lymph nodes removed. That was followed by months of chemo. She moved back in with her parents during this time. She lost all of her hair and about 30 pounds (she was already thin), but retained a remarkable fighting spirit and positive attitude. In January of this year, after being gone for almost seven months, she returned to work. I can't tell you how happy I've been to have her back, and how grateful that it seems to have been caught in time. It was a tremendous wake up call that any among us can be stricken at any time. It's something that can, and usually does, affect all of us, and it's something that all of us can help fight in some way.

Anyway, out of guilt, shame, friendship, some other altruistic motive foreign to me, or some combination of the above, I've agreed to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on July 9 and 10 in San Francisco. The Walk is intended to raise funds to support the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade's misson of providing access to care and finding a cure. If you are so inclined, please go here to sponsor me for the walk and aid in this fight.

Thank you.
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