Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Get Well Soon, Jane

Jane Hamsher, the founder and chief of Firedoglake has been diagnosed with cancer. I don't like talking about other folks' medical conditions, since I'm not an expert in the field nor is it my place to do that for someone I really don't know. So, I'll let Jane do it:

In mid-December I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the third time. It's a bit more serious this time and treatment is going to have to be more extensive.
On Thursday I go in for surgery at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. My surgeons are Dr. Armando Giuliano, with whom I've been down this road before, and Dr. Jay Orringer, who comes highly recommended by both friends and his own superb work. Thanks to the time that all of those who contribute to this blog have afforded me to investigate all my options, I feel really confident in my choice of treatments.

Three Time Loser Winner

If you can know someone by their work, then I know that Jane is a courageous and thoughtful woman. The place she built at Firedoglake, and I call it a "place" because "blog" doesn't begin to describe it, is one of the most vital and interesting political places on the web. It draws a wide assortment of regular commenters, many of whom are active politically, and most of whom have a great many interesting things to say. That achievement alone points to her generosity and spirit. Several folks who are now writing guest articles there have started out as commenters, and gone on to write articles of their own. More than a few, including me, learned a lot about this medium just by watching her.

If you know Jane or like her work and haven't yet heard about this, please click on the link in the quotation and wish her well.

UPDATE: (Jan. 17, 2007) Apparently, this has been a tough time for FDL on another front. Please stop by and help if you can, even if it's only with a kind word.

UPDATE 2: (Jan. 18, 2007) Updates on Jane's condition here and here.


Bustednuckles said...

A hell of a time to congratulate you on your new blog cujo.
I did like the part about FDL being a place, eloquent.
We are all praying for Jane, one way or another.

Good luck on this project.I found out just how much work goes into running one of these things and have found myself lacking the motivation.
No one reads it anyway,so I use it to rant to my hearts content.

Cujo359 said...

hi Bustedknuckles, and thanks. Yes, it's a tough thing to do. There are days when there are too many subjects to cover, and others when there's just not much of anything. I have a backlog of half-completed and just-started essays to prove it.

Anyhow, I think if you stick with it and do something of high quality that people want to read, they'll eventually show up. Word gets around quickly on the tubes. At least, that's what I'm telling myself. ;)

RBG said...

Nice try thinking you could sneak one in at the bottom of the thread. Thanks for the kind words.