Readers’ corner 3/24/07 |

Readers’ corner 3/24/07

If you had a year to live … : I’ve been thinking a lot about brave Elizabeth Edwards, going public with the fact her breast cancer has metastasized to her bones. The decision of her husband to continue his campaign for the Democratic nomination is a controversial one, given his wife’s medical dilemma. Then, I wondered, what would I do in the same situation? (Which I hope I’m never in, by the way. This July will mark 13 years since my own breast cancer diagnosis.)

While everyone seems to have an opinion on Elizabeth’s decision, the issue is different for those who have walked in her shoes. I’m thinking of her small children and whether her decision isn’t somehow based on keeping her – and their lives – as “normal” as possible? Rather than yanking the kids out of school to travel the world with the time she has left, maybe the idea that their lives be disrupted as little as possible figured into her decision. And maybe traveling the world isn’t as rewarding as seeing those little faces every day.

The question then becomes: What would you do if you knew with certainty that your time left was limited? And then the next question is: Why are you not doing that now? There is actually a book called “A Year to Live” by Stephen Levine that is excellent and thought-provoking.

One more thing: Although medical science has come a long way – and she could, indeed, live a few more years -Elizabeth Edwards’ prognosis is dire. She and her family are in my prayers.

Cricket was attacked with a hoe: Cricket is a Jack Russell who was savagely attacked because she was whining. She was attacked with a four-pronged hoe which went through her back and damaged a vertebra. She had a portion of the vertebral lamina removed. She was in intensive care for five days. Her prognosis is guarded but good. She is now able to eat and go to the bathroom on her own and is beginning to get movement in her hind quarters. We pray for a full recovery. The perpetrator will be prosecuted. Cricket now belongs to Nevada County Animal Control.

Sammie’s Friends is paying for Cricket’s medical expenses, which are $3,100. If you can help with this large bill, please donate to Sammie’s Friends at 128 High St., Grass Valley 95945, or donate through PayPal on the Web site If you have questions, call Cheryl Wicks at 272-8833.

Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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