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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Her Greatest Fear Realized

For cancer survivors, the return of cancer is one of their greatest fears. For Elizabeth Edwards, the fear is reality.
John Edwards said Thursday his wife's cancer has returned, but said he will continue his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
How her doctors came to find the small tumor is just... weird. She injured her back, so she went to the doctor. When Senator Edwards came home from a campaign stop, he gave her a big hug, which hurt her back. So she twisted a bit to try to get more comfortable, and something "popped." She went back to the doctor, who did an X-ray to make sure she didn't crack a left rib. On the X-ray, they saw a shadow on the other side of her rib cage. A CT scan and a biopsy confirmed that she had a small malignant tumor in a right rib. Her oncologist is optomistic that, since she is so far asymptomatic, that her outlook is good.

My best wishes go out to Mrs. Edwards as she continues this fight. She will have cancer the rest of her life, but, hopefully, it will be a long life, symptom-free for years to come.

(One snide side note... Conservative glee and hopes for pain and suffering in 3..2... 1... oh, wait... We're not the Liberals... we don't rejoice in the suffering of others...)

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