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26 March 2007 @ 11:25 am
Lies, Damn Lies  
It seems like there are just way too many people I know that end up with cancer. My sister, for instance, had twelve pounds of "borderline" tumor (not malignant, not benign) removed last year. My mother-in-law dealt with something similar. My mom's dad died young of cancer (at least as far as I recall), leaving my grandma widowed at age 25 with two kids. (Holy shit, I can't fathom being a widow at my age, let alone with kids.) A few of my parents' friends have had to deal with it, as have a few parents of friends.

Today, I found out that the mom of my best friend growing up had breast cancer that is now in remission (at least that much is positive). And, that my ex-husband's mom has an inoperable brain tumor. Nick wasn't the one who told me; my mom found out through friends and in-laws. There were things my former mother-in-law and I didn't see eye to eye about, but she is a nice lady. I certainly wouldn't wish any ill toward her, especially not something like this. Since Nick and I haven't spoken since our split, I'm hesitant to make contact, but I do hope everything'll be okay.

I'm also hoping that I'm some kind of statistical outlier, and that cancer really isn't that common. That it isn't a question of "when." Everyone who's reading this, and all your families: be healthy, okay? *hug*
Ellieellie on March 26th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
You may be able to send good wishes through the network that your mother found out about this...

On the other hand, oddly enough I was right outside your apartment last night with a friend.
Aikidoka, dreamer, seeker, general purpose geekmanycolored on March 26th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
*hugs* That's scary!

Knowing me, (I have no genetic predisposition and am the annoying happy Mormon of green-flavored clean living) I will die of some exotic cancer caused by some utterly unavoidable factor or quirk of probability. Hopefully very quickly and very late in life. ;-)
Miusherimiusheri on March 26th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. Kinda like the nonsmoker who dies of lung cancer, and the octogenarian grandma who smokes three cigars a day and is healthy and strong as an ox until the day she dies of natural causes. ;)

I kinda hope that I don't live too long. Or that if I do, that medical advances make things so that I'm not just a ninety year-old senile lump in a chair. I have the same sentiments as James Whale in Gods and Monsters: if my mind's about to go, I want to go with it.

I just want everyone to be healthy and happy and die no earlier than they should! Stick around a LONG TIME, y'hear? ;) *hugs*