Meanwhile, one of the neatest people--of the many neat people--I've met in my transplant journey just passed away. Debbi Hoegler was a major force on a listserve I'm on for anyone contemplating or dealing with a bone marrow transplant (BMT-Talk at www.acor.org). She was incredibly funny, irreverent, inspirational, and witty. She always offered us the best advice--including silly but oh-so-wise tips like bring a rubber chicken to hang on your IV pole at the hospital or a Nerf Blaster Gun for nurses who barge in at 4 am to take your vitals. Two of her favorite sayings were:
Blessed are the cracked for it is they who let in the light.
andIf you're not living on the edge...you're taking up too much space. Everyone on the list misses her terribly.
Here's to Debbi and the other wonderful people I've known who have fought so graciously against cancer.