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We Are Truly Lucky

We've talked a lot about that troubling question, "Why me?" I think all of us have asked it at one time or another, even though there really is no answer. Some have responded with "Why not me?" A fair question. Others have rightly looked at the tragedy of children struck by cancer and asked "Why them?"

Nancy wrote in the other day with a wonderful quote from Arthur Ashe. I wrote her back to say that she had made my day, but I think the quote is too good not to share with all of you:

"If I were to say, 'God, why me?' about the bad things, then I should have said, 'God, why me?' about the good things that happened in my life."

I'm not sure that there's a whole lot more to say after that. And no, I'm not just trying to find an excuse to not write more. But I think that one's worth thinking about, whether you have cancer or not.

I grew up at a time when parents really did say "Eat your vegetables! Children in (fill in the blank here) are starving." And that was true then, and unfortunately, it's still true today. Although the connection between eating something yucky and somehow helping those children was never really clear.

But there is so much pain in the world. I know. I've seen a lot of it — actually made my career out of it. We are truly lucky. And I think that sometimes it's important to remember that. So I leave you with Arthur Ashe's wisdom and my hope that you all have a good weekend.