Every once in a while the world stands up and spins around. This is one of those times. OldestSon's good friends mother died Monday. She was not even 60. Pancreatic cancer-an evil one....taking the life out of someone filled with life. A sparkly woman, sure of herself and in the thick of her life. It's unsettling and so very sad. I watched my son sleep knowing I would have to wake him to tell him the news. I always think of those peaceful moments before the world spins.
Yesterday I also received news of two friends from college having cancer. One, a non-smoker, who has lung cancer, another a mother of five with melanoma. The mother does not have a diagnosis and is living with an uncertain future.
A boy in town has testicular cancer. He is 18. Two surgeries. Another boy who has a tumor on his brain stem. He is 16. A former student passed out during a hockey game and it turns out he has an enlarged heart and needed a defibrillator. He is 20.
All of this news in the span of a week. Bad week. I think of all of the people suffering from this news. I feel tentative and worried. Hold your people close.