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Monday, April 04, 2005
  Not My Typical Post...
but I found the story touching, and thought others might too (via Michelle Malkin).

Eleanor Clift (Contributing Editor to Newsweek) has written a beautiful tribute to her husband, who just died of cancer last week: Dying with Courage.
Sprinkled among the political columns he wrote for the Cleveland Plain Dealer were updates on his medical condition. There was never any self-pity or whining in his reflections. He compared a stage 4 cancer diagnosis with being on the 90th floor of one of the towers of the World Trade Center. “You don’t know whether you can make it out, but you’re sure going to try.” A sports reporter at heart, he said his battle with metastatic kidney cancer had him playing “prevent defense” like his beloved Cleveland Browns. He ended the column asking readers to join him in a chorus of “DEEE-FENSE.”
I admire his honesty in facing the disease, and the determination he demonstrated to live and to fight, and not to yield.
On a Sunday morning in March as his condition worsened and the morphine dose was doubled, he asked me clearly, “What do you want to do this summer?” I said, “Take a trip with you,” and then I went into the kitchen to fix his cream of rice cereal, and fight back tears.
Poignant. I think I've got something to fix in the kitchen now, too...
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 2:34 AM


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