Monthly Archives: August 2013

Horror Story

I’m not a super emotional guy, but since having kids, I guess its true that everything changes.

I’m a big fan of tech author, speaker, and CSS expert Eric Meyer.  So, naturally I follow him on twitter.  Recently, this tweet came through:

I don’t know Eric personally, but he occasionally shares both the highs and lows of his family life.  That caught my attention straight out.

A kid sick on vacation goes from bad to worse, eventually being diagnosed with a completely unknown brain tumor requiring immediate action.

I’ve been trying to write this blog post for over a week, but the words until now have been lost.  I’ve told a few people out the story and can’t make it to the end without tearing up.

I’m not sure how Eric keeps it all together.  He’s amazingly strong in the face of all this horror.  I join his loyal audience in willing him more of our collective strength.  If one of my kids suddenly became sick with some far more benign, I don’t think I could handle it.

The story continues.  The situation is somewhat stable, but lots more follow up is lining up.  A forced temporary relocation for the first round of radiation treatment, a hurried analysis of medical centers back in their home town for ongoing treatment. A nightmare of planning and hurried logistics.

The final jab is even in the best case scenario for treatment, the girl still only has a 50% chance 5 years out.  Crushing.

Time that I go hug and my kids a little more and say some more prayers.