Monday, August 18, 2008

leroy sievers

I wrote a few posts back about Leroy Sievers, who wrote NPR's My Cancer blog. He died suddenly Friday night, and I am taking a few moments here to honor him. I scrolled through the hundreds of comments left in the wake of the announcement, and it's clear how much his honest, simple writing touched people. Many of the commenters were people dealing with cancer themselves — either in themselves or in a loved one — and they spoke about how Leroy and his wife, Laurie, had been sources of inspiration for them, even role models. For me, too. I will miss Leroy's daily thoughts about everything from doughnuts to the Olympics to hospice care. I know he struggled and was facing the end, but it feels like it wasn't quite time for him to go yet.

4 comments:

Heather said...

Me too...

I'm a big fan of Leroy's,and opening up his blog this morning hit me hard.

Anonymous said...

Leroy was posting this recent, to have said a few things about the Olympics! He was really hanging in there 'till the end. Such invaluable encouragement for people going through the same thing.

- Susanne

EasyMac said...

I am sorry for this loss.
Kathy

Queenie. . . said...

I really enjoyed his periodic pieces on the radio, and was just shocked to see from your posting that he had died. But what amazing spirit he had, to live so thoroughly until the very end. I completely admire that.