I am continually amazed at both the fragility and the tenacity of life. How even in the womb some nascent humans defy tremendous odds, gestate healthily, and are born robustly at the end of term while others are not viable even in the first trimester of life. How some can fight a disease for years and continue to be victors, and yet how some succumb quickly.
It is not my intent to be maudlin, but to just state as fact, with reverence and respect that our good friend Martin died last night after a heroic fight with cancer. Just one week ago, the doctors informed him and his wife that there was nothing more that could be done: the chemo and the stem cell transplant had been unsuccessful.
So for the next few days I will help my friend Carol at their home and while they sit shiva, I will do whatever I can to help.
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.