Meanwhile, for the last year, another classmate, Rich Basick, has been in and out of hospitals since receiving a bone marrow transplant to keep his leukemia at bay. His biggest enemy right now is his his diabetes. He has sustained injuries to his toes that have become gangrenous. His feet look like someone burned him, yet pain management has been difficult. He gets loopy, and doesn't breathe prolerly. So far, surgeons have amputated half of Rich's right foot, and may need to take more.
I am lucky, because my cancer has not caused me pain, just insanity,
Photos: above, Rich and his family at our house this summer, below that one, Rich as a teen. At the bottom of this post, Paula and her husband John.