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Perspective, again

Thursday, January 29, 2015

I have been reading the blog of a Sparker with terminal cancer. It's sobering, to say the least. And illuminating, and strangely beautiful, the thoughts of a person who has to daily make decisions to maximize the quality of her life. I want to leave an encouraging and admiring message, but am at a loss for words. So right now I am admiring from afar.

Cancer is a cruel enemy. I wrote earlier that my former boss/mentor has been recently diagnosed with advanced metastatic cancer. We lost a beloved colleague last year, after a long struggle. It is/was hard to know how to be a good friend. And I am amazed at the grace and courage with which my sick friends are fighting/fought back.

Sometimes I feel that this diet/weight thing is taking up too much of my brain. I can't keep doing well without lots of conscious thought, and I know it's important to keep doing well for my long term health. But I think of what cancer patients are going through, and my issues are so insignificant in comparison. And I try to imagine what their brains must be doing to deal with their challenges, and I am left breathless with admiration.
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