Monday, August 18, 2008
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.