Friday, January 8, 2010

(I've already posted it elsewhere, but I think it's important so it's going here too. My apologies if you've seen it before.)

The Cancer Chick is dying.

For those of you going What? Who? which is probably all of you, the Cancer Chick is Mary Herczog, a writer in L.A. who is dealing with her third round of metastasized breast cancer. One of the sections on her website is what she calls the Merry Maladies, which are the emails she sends around to her friends to update them on how she's doing. I highly recommend reading them. She is hilarious and positive and cheerful, and the kind of person you wish you could be friends with. Even though this episode of cancer just refused to go away (she referred to it as Cancer: The Extended Dance Remix), she never lost her optimism. I've been rooting for her for about two years now.

And now her doctor has told her that there is nothing more he can do, and all that's left is to wait for the inevitable. And I am sitting here crying for a complete stranger, because it is so unfair that this wonderful woman should have to die because there is nothing left that modern medicine can do for her.

So I am taking this opportunity to plug The Breast Cancer Site. Go there every day and click their little pink button, and their sponsors will donate money to ensure that uninsured and low-income women can get mammograms. There are lots of other good causes linked to that site as well, so I'm sure you'll find something that floats your boat. Go and click. It will do the world some good, and perhaps prevent a few future Cancer Chicks from experiencing what Mary has.

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