Lessons From the Man in a Kilt

I was reading in the NY Times that sadly, Brian Nelson has passed away. (I’m a NY Times junkie, wouldn’t you know?)  He seemed like a very nice man, and had a great sense of humor about a disease that was killing him.  But I started wondering about all the other people that get cancer.  It’s almost like a mandate now, have a deadly disease but have a good attitude about it, or otherwise people will tune you out.  I think I would be very angry, or at least, very depressed.  I wonder what happens to all the natural feelings of grief.

Leif had a friend who recently passed away from cancer as well. Like Nelson, his face was incredibly puffy at the end as a side effect.  He wore sunglasses all the time, as his eyes were extremely  sensitive to light.  He was also very positive–he had been give 3 or 6 months to live, but got another 5 years until he finally succumbed.  He said he was writing a book–I wonder what became of it.

I just sort of wonder if there’s people out there with a deadly disease who write blogs along the line of “My life effing sucks because I’m going to die.”   Or do all those get censored out from a collective consciousness that doesn’t want to deal with it?


Author: ~R

I write about life, people, and the things that interest in me. Which often includes death, sex, friendship, and the future of humanity. I hope for the best in people and I prepare for the worst. But no matter what happens, change is constant and everything will be ok.

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