As most of you know, I lost my mother this past August to leukemia. Her leukemia was a very aggressive form, the type that victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki suffered from after the bombs were dropped. And hers may very well have been just as "man made" as theirs.
My mom, Mary Steiner
By this time, she was too old to withstand the treatments necessary to fight her cancer, even if the doctors had effective treatments for her type of leukemia (which they don't). Too often this is the case with thousands of people each year, and not just ones with leukemia. As far as we have come, there is so far yet to go.
So I take a moment to remember those who have been lost - my neighbor Jeff who never smoked, to lung cancer; my co-worker Jim, who did smoke, also to lung cancer; Animal Shelter Volunteer Life's Kevin's beloved Auntie Kathy, Zoolatry's sweet Poppy Vic, and of course, my mother. I know many of you have lost loved ones too, and I dedicate this moment to them as well. You are all sorely missed. We love you.