The Trip to Jacksonville was fun—even though my beloved Badgers were “spanked” by Cornell, losing by eighteen points. On Saturday I read an e-mail from a woman who is struggling with a very aggressive and unresponsive form of multiple myeloma. She just endured a second transplant after only six months, since her myeloma was not slowed by the first SCT. This patient ended her e-mail on a positive, whimsical note, writing that her former school’s success (Cornell) in the NCAA tournament gave her hope. “If Cornell can win—maybe I can win too!” I thought about that e-mail a number of times during the game. Cornell out-hustled and out-worked the favored University of Wisconsin team—something the Badgers often do to other teams. But not Sunday. Cornell was magnificent! I hope they can keep winning. And I hope Cornell’s Cinderella-like performance continues to inspire this unnamed patient in her life and death battle against cancer.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat