Tuesday, March 07, 2006

a prayer for a young man

Well, I was going to write about something else, which seems so trivial right now, when I stumbled upon this news item which stopped me in my tracks: Dana Reeves, widow of Christopher Reeves aka Superman dies of lung cancer at age 44. She was an incredible woman who rose during a time of intense adversity. She's my age. She's a mother. My heart swells up thinking of her 13 year old son, Will, and how life has been so difficult for him already.

Just last month, an acquaintance of ours, a 42 year old mother of two also passed away after a long and difficult battle with cancer. Her children saw this disease transform their vivacious mother who ran the veterinary clinic in a small town close by to a blind, bald, disformed figure in and out of hospitals. Her children also lost all of life's spark and have this constant glazed look about them.

My thoughts are with Superman's son.


BeachMama said...

Oh my, you are so right, everything else seems so trivial.

nancy said...

I just read this about an hour ago and haven't been able to stop thinking/crying for their son. I literally let out a very loud "OH NO" when I read that. I can only send prayers their way. Thank you for posting this.

Silver Creek Mom said...

OH twinmom

I was so shocked when I heard this last night, I didn't even know she had cancer. I was so saddened. She was an idol to me after all she had been through and kept smiling. MY heart breaks for this family.

Superman and his Lois Lane are now back together.

My heart breaks for the young man they leave behind.



I also lost my mother to cancer.Although I was 30 at the time it was a difficult thing to face. Watching and waiting for someone to die is a horrible ordeal to go through.My heart went out to that young boy.