It's a daily reminder that none of us walks this road alone.
Leroy Sievers, 1955-2008
Journalist Leroy Sievers wrote a blog for NPR called My Cancer, one of six blogs I regularly follow in which cancer is the raison d'etre. On Friday, at age 53, Sievers died from colon cancer that had spread to multiple organs. He lived with cancer for 7 years and shared his journey in his blog for the last two. He wrote about his illness in a way that was extremely honest and at times humorous. He once mused about whether it paid to buy new clothes, given the fact that he might not get much wear from them. If you're living with cancer, this line of dark but practical thinking may be familiar. You're hesitant to give voice to it though because it would unnerve people. I know because I bought much-needed running shoes last month, and admitted to my husband only last week that I'd finally decided I was going to live long enough to justify the purchase.
Sievers stated that he believed his blog to be one of his greatest achievements. This is a man who's won many prizes and awards for journalistic excellence over the years. He was willing to reveal his sometimes painful thoughts publicly not just because his words inspired others living with cancer, but because it meant he didn't have to walk the cancer journey alone. We walked with him.
If Pulitzer Prizes are given for blogs, My Cancer certainly deserves to win one.