As Far As I Can Tell

For Barb

I found out today that my grandma has lung cancer.

As far as I know she’s never smoked a cigarette in her life, and definitely didn’t hang out at places where people do. It’s miserably unfair for her to have this tumor on her lungs while other people laughingly joke about their “cancer sticks”. I know there are other ways to get it, I just don’t know how she did yet. This came really unexpectedly.

From what I understand there is no cure. I only hope the doctors do their best at playing god, and I’m sure she’ll get the best god she can find.

I haven’t talked to her yet; I heard from my mom. When two people are together in a room you can let hugs and silence do the talking for you, but on the telephone silence just sits there.



Simon I’m so sorry. I wish I was there so I could hug you and curl up with you. Your grandma is strong. After all, she’s been dealing with Dave for many years.

Posted by: meredith on April 9, 2003 8:43 AM

Man, I’m sorry. My mom also had a short bout of lung cancer a bit ago. And she never smoked or hung out at such places. She come through it OK. I hope your Grandma’s OK, too.

Posted by: miguel on April 9, 2003 6:50 PM

man…i’m sorry too.

Posted by: jim on April 10, 2003 3:44 PM

I’m so very sorry, Simon. My mother had lung cancer. Fortunately, there is hope! When my mom was diagnosed, they were able to drive the cancer from her body. She unfortunately ended up with a mutation of it a year later in her liver and died. However, the doctors told us (way back a decade ago) that the technology curve on cancer treatment was so steep that she likely would have beaten that bout also, had it struck a year or two later. Either way, my prayers are with you and her and your family. It’s hard and unfair. I’m sorry. Love, Micah

Posted by: Micah on April 10, 2003 5:23 PM

As far as who can tell?

Chicago, IL

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