To the Community
|Opened on:||Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 23:09|
|Last modified:||Monday, May 26, 2014 - 17:19|
This should probably be in the forum, but many never look at the forum (and I will address that in a feedback in the next couple days!).
Many of you know by now, but I wanted to be sure, that you are all aware that I have pancreatic cancer.
This is terminal, no survival rate at all. The chemo option I've chosen will give me 4 months - a year, but will allow me to hopefully have only mild fatigue and limited ties to the treatment center, so I will be able to have some fun, and enjoy much of the time that I have left.
And yeah, while I am angry that this is happening too early (I'm 63), I mean this - in a way, this is a gift. Few people have the luxury of knowing in advance that they are dying, and fewer still have some quality time to enjoy life a bit (and get their "house" in order) before that happens.
I will still be around and folding, and will still be active in the community, until I can't be anymore. If I evaporate occasionally, it will be Real Life calling me to go have some fun. I will try to let you all know what's going on as I make this journey.
Many of you have figured out by now that to me, the real scientific breakthrough here is our community. What we have here is unique - the first of its kind. We are very intelligent people who manage to cooperate and compete in a delicate balance that makes us strong enough to weather almost anything that is thrown at us. My hope is that with the time I have left, I can contribute to strengthening us a bit more.
I can't even begin to tell you all how lucky I feel to have known you, how wonderful it's been to have met so many of you in person and through the Hangouts. This is an extraordinary place to be, and it's all because of all of you :)