There is an absolutely amazing blog over at NPR (National Public Radio), written by Leroy Sievers. A journalist for more than 25 years, Leroy has worked at CBS News and ABC News, where he was the executive producer at Nightline. Two years ago, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Doctors estimated he had between 3 and 6 months to live. He began the NPR blog, called My Cancer, accompanied by a weekly podcast and monthly broadcast on Morning Edition, to talk about cancer.
During those two years, Leroy battled his brain tumor, and then cancer that attacked his spine. Now, his latest scan shows his cancer has all but taken over his body, affecting his brain, liver, lungs and bones. He’s managing his pain, realizing his time is short.
Leroy never really expected to still be writing the blog two years after his initial diagnosis, and yet the time is still too short. In a recent post, he wonders if there is a lesson in this unique struggle. He asks, “Have I missed something? A lesson that the disease was trying to pass on?”
In the years that he’s been writing the blog, Leroy has inspired so many people who are waging their own battles with cancer – all types of cancer. And so he posed this question to them. He asked them to “Finish this sentence: My Cancer….”
The results are emotional – they span anger, despair, heartbreak, peace, humor, strength – the tumble of feelings experienced by cancer patients and their caregivers, family members and loved ones.
Take a look. Add your thoughts about your own struggles with mesothelioma, as a patient or someone who loves another afflicted with this terrible illness.
And send a little prayer for Leroy as he faces what may be the final steps on this long and difficult journey. Thank you, Leroy, for sharing of yourself so honestly, and through your experiences providing comfort and hope and laughter, and an assurance that it’s ok to sometimes be weak, or afraid, or angry, or despairing, to so many people.