I remember when I was younger hearing that my cousin Mike has lymphoma. It wasn’t talked about a lot - usually a brief, quiet conversation where the word ‘cancer’ was only mouthed or whispered. More recently, my cousin John was also diagnosed with lymphoma. Before I had heard about it I remember seeing him once and saying, ‘John, you’ve lost some weight. You look good.’ And then he kept losing weight. John battled long and hard and looked to be making a good recovery. And then it came back with a vengeance. John unfortunately succumbed a few years back. Now his brother Anthony is fighting the same fight. It struck me again when Mike, a colleague, followed a similar path to my cousin John. Mike was a prominent Long Island mortgage banker, a husband, a father. Cancer does not discriminate, it affects all walks of life.
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