Hello, readers. I used to joke that I had three of you. I can’t make that joke anymore.
I am adding a link to a post written by a fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Portrait of an Adoption. She humbles me with her interest in Donna’s Cancer Story, but also her capacity to put into words so much of what I have been thinking myself as Donna’s story has ballooned over the internet.
While it is irrational, I know, there has been immense guilt for me about the reaction you readers must be experiencing. Forgive me my Catholic upbringing and its inherent guilt. The reality is that Mary Tyler Dad and I lived through Donna’s cancer in real time. You, though, are reading it at breakneck speed — the rollerskates through museum analogy I referenced in an earlier post.
Portrait of an Adoption is aware of that and asked to write a post directed towards the readers of Donna’s Cancer Story — you — to provide comfort and support for those readers grieving Donna. You will find it here. Please read it and become part of the larger community that is reading with you, in the comfort of their own home or cubicle or bathroom stall (yes, readers have confessed this particular sin to me, as a means of masking their tears). Grief brings folks together, be it virtually or personally. If you are grieving, as I am, please read and don’t be alone.
Carrie has become a tremendous support through this writing project. I am immensely grateful for her support.
On another note, TODAY, one day only, the restaurant chain, Chili’s, will donate 100% of the day’s profits to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. This is an opportunity to eat, drink, and be merry, all while contributing to fund such needed research to stop the beast of cancer. Please consider taking the night off from the kitchen, as I will, and dine at Chili’s. Thank you!
Oh, and choose hope, folks. Stick with me and with Donna.