From the bottom of my heart I want to thank those of you who, in response to Question of the Week: Does My Wife Have Cancer?, Waving Into the Dark, and God and I Discuss My Wife Having Cancer, wrote to send my wife Cat and me your prayers, love and personal stories sharing your own experiences with this sort of difficulty.

Greta, Jessica, Laurie, Bitsy, Christy, Mike B., Rachel, Melissa, Anita C-H, Jake-ann, Latoya, Becky, Lynn, Andrew, Rebekah, Mario, Laura, Paul H., Joanie, Debra Lee, Richard L., Kory, Kris, Dave B., Sharon, Mel C., Tim, Eric, Christian, Chris, Rosi, Lucy, Cathy P., Casey, Christine, Sam, Erp, Solnushka, WineyMomma, Brian, Archie, Dan, Tim F., Lindsey, Odgie, Lynn, Liz, Nathan, Judy, Lauri H., Sarah, Loni, Dale, Karen, Jason, Skerrib, Michael the Red, Karin, Greg J, Illona ... . Thank you, each one of you.

I'm not sure I've ever joined any group in my life. I'm not proud of that; I think it means my issues have issues. But you guys have made me feel like I kind of am part of a group. I want to thank you very, very much for that feeling. It's made a difference in the way my wife and I have experienced this recent trouble. Your prayers and wonderfully expressed thoughts and feelings have been the source for us of a surprising amount of hope and inspiration.

I'm actually considering going out and meeting people in real life. I won't rush into it or anything, of course. But you, my cyber-family, have given me hope that one day even I could not take out my garbage cans only at night as a way to avoid seeing or talking to any of my neighbors.

You guys rock.

About Cat's health: So far the tests have shown conclusively that she's either perfectly fine or will be dead in two weeks. So, of course, we have to do more tests. She has another biopsy scheduled (the first was inconclusive; I think they yanked out a piece of the wrong organ, or something). She'll also get an MRI as soon as our insurance okays it, so we've got that penciled in for the year 3014.

Sunday was our 28th wedding anniversary. We went to Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth. For the eighteen trillioneth time since we've been together, we were kids again.


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