My brother in law and great friend, George Graham of South Weymouth, Massachusetts, married to my sister Karen, faces the battle of a lifetime. Tomorrow he begins five weeks of targeted radiation and chemo, after that four more for recuperation. Then they cut. Esophageal cancer is a tough one, and it took down Hitch, but Hitch was a lifelong smoker and it was all through him. They never even gave him the option of surgery.
George, on the other hand, is a big healthy non- smoker, an outdoorsman and naturalist, who shares my interests in birds and guns among other things; but for their love of the ocean, I have privately hoped they might move here when they retired. He has the best attitude I can imagine, as does Karen: healthy skepticism, black humor, and a determination to avail themselves of all of the wonders of modern medicine, with which my family is amply connected, in a great medical town. All concerned will do their blessed damndest to fight this thing…
So, say a prayer or just light a candle to modern science, but let Karen and George, and their sons, know they have any support they need. I will.
He and Karen with Tom and Nadine Russell, Passim coffeehouse, Cambridge MA
“Ahh, you guys…”
Telling cancer what to do: