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Dear Bill Keller: I Have
Cancer. Is That OK?

Gawker.com, by Robert Kessler

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Posted By:toledo, 1/15/2014 8:47:46 AM

In the fall of last year, I noticed a lump in my left neck which felt to me like a run-of-the-mill swollen lymph node. When it didn´t go away I sought the advice of a doctor. Several months and countless medical tests later, the official diagnosis is stage IV non-Hodgkin´s lymphoma.(snip)In separate columns, both published in the past week, husband and wife Emma and Bill Keller argue in no uncertain terms that they take offense to what I´m doing. That they don´t think I´m handling my cancer with proper decorum, which would be to sit down, shut up and stop

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tennisbum, 1/15/2014 9:07:29 AM     (No. 9692722)

While Bill and Emma are entitled to their opinions, let them return to their elite world where they are just so superior to all of us commoners. Please Bill and Emma, don´t lecture any cancer patient about what they should or should not do. You are just bystanders with opinions and not actual patients.

"Come Emma, we must return to the mansion otherwise the servants will be worried and we´ll be late for our evening meal".

Don´t you just love Democrat elites!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 1/15/2014 9:47:54 AM     (No. 9692772)

The Kellers clearly have no understanding of the ´comfort in, dump out´ dictum. Great LA Times article about how not to say the wrong thing.

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/apr/07/opinion/la-oe-0407-silk-ring-theory-20130407






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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mildred, 1/15/2014 9:50:01 AM     (No. 9692774)

Sorry, I have a case of the giggles this morning. Did I miss something? Those who write for a living should really be able to write clearly. Did you read the first sentence as I did? If one has a lump in his left neck is that neck connected to his left head? Perhaps he has a right neck holding up the right head also. Oh dear, I am so confused. In any case I hope he gets well soon.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: buckhorn_cortez, 1/15/2014 9:50:25 AM     (No. 9692775)

At age 28, I had Stage II Hodgkins Lymphoma. Everyone deals with the disease and treatment differently. There is no "best way."

The other part of it is that for the rest of your life, and no matter how long you live after treatment, you will be dealing with the side effects from the treatment. Some of them are immediate while others do not show up for years. Some are minor some are major, but year-after-year there are more and more. That´s something that is rarely addessed in the euphoria of being "cured."

No matter how long you live after treatment - you always have cancer.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Skeptical1, 1/15/2014 10:52:22 AM     (No. 9692876)

#4 is certainly right, everyone´s experience is going to be different. My concern is that writers are going to accentuate the awfulness of everything, which won´t help the morale of people who are diagnosed.

My own experience with lymphoma wasn´t bad at all. I was treated at a university medical center where everyone was just so nice and capable, and the technology was so impressive, that I found it all kind of inspirational. That was five years ago.

Of course, your age at diagnosis makes a big difference. I was in my mid sixties, and had pretty much finished everything I really wanted to do, anyway. Living with the sword of Damocles over your head does take a little getting used to.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/15/2014 10:52:57 AM     (No. 9692879)

Since GOD seems to have a sense of ironic humor, I would not be surprised to see Mr. Keller come down with the worst form of Cancer and get stiffed by Obamacare. Emma´s reward will be having to deal with it and be destitute from the medical bills.

We all wish you well, have it your way Kellers...be careful what you wish for, it comes back in Spades!

See Ya!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 1/15/2014 11:26:01 AM     (No. 9692965)

What is all this to the Kellers? Why don´t they mind their own business?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Cavallodifiero, 1/15/2014 5:32:53 PM     (No. 9693484)

Can we all agree that this is a version of people who do not any importance to their lives and so spend their time trying to live others lives.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Cavallodifiero, 1/15/2014 5:35:09 PM     (No. 9693489)

Do not have any importance to their lives.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/15/2014 11:43:52 PM     (No. 9693880)

Note to the Kellers:
Unless you have had cancer and chemo, shut up and mind your own business. Stay in the bubble.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/16/2014 3:34:45 AM     (No. 9693947)

Dear Bill and Emma - as the kids used to say in the schoolyard, "who died and left you boss?"

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