Thursday, May 05, 2005

What are the odds?

My oldest nephews' aunt has leukemia, diagnosed last week. A friend, one of their neighbors who used to babysit them and who I know from the dog clubs, was just diagnosed with breast cancer.

This gives the kids a bilateral family history of cancer. Their aunt is at least 10 years younger than I am, early 40s at the oldest. Their mom's intestinal troubles continue, and she'll need regular colonoscopies for the the rest of her life--not just because of my disease, but because of her own illness. The family friend is my age. Why, suddenly, is cancer cropping up among us as frequently as the common cold?

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