One of the best friends Tizona has, the kind and gentle lady – yet, tough as nails – known as Saltydog, has been diagnosed with cancer that is not survivable.
“I have been hospitalized, finally, for the last 11 days. They discovered metastatic cancer which has affected, among other places, my spine and other bones, my lymph nodes, my brain, my R. lung, and other organs and places. In other words, my time is limited. I don’t know, and neither do the doctors, how long.”
From what we know of her, I can assure you that maudlin sentiment is not what she desires. She has lived life fully and boldly, and will face the end of it with all of her grace and dignity.
“They are controlling my pain well and I’m finally able to function, though extremely slowly and with difficulty, but I’m doing it!”
“And that is an important point I want to make to my friends. I have no more control over my death than anyone else does, but I’m perfectly capable of controlling how I choose to live, just as I’ve always done.”
“My mental and intellectual attitudes are very good. There are many, many things to be happy about and I am so–to the point of finding myself smiling at the most incongruous times. The support
and care I am getting from family, friends, professionals, and others is beyond belief, and brings a full understanding to Lou Gehrig’s statement that “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the
“I hope this helps my friends here. When there is nothing to do, one must accept those things we cannot change.”
Please bear with us, as things will not be the same around here… well, ever, but please post your well wishes to a great and brave lady.
I wish to add…one of the sharpest retorts to a commenter, at Jules Crittenden’s that I will never forget, from the one and only Saltydog.
Most excellently composed by Angus Dei…Thank you.
“With my red hair and green eyes, I would have made you weep”
Saltydog…I’m enjoying a fine brandy…smoking a fine cigar…Here’s looking at you kid.
Ummm, Salty…you ain’t being removed as an Editor…forget that crap.