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The Givers of Life

Laurie's days, are no longer her own. The cancer has stolen those days, changed them from the life she would want to lead to the life she has to lead. A life of caring for me.

Here are her thoughts on that ...

Good morning to all of you "life-givers" ... previously known as "care-givers." I've decided there needs to be an amendment to this term "care-giver" ... especially in Cancer World.

Giving CARE, in this world, is an automatic function of our daily lives, and it is a function that operates on a 24-hour clock.

If you're like me, sleep is not what sleep was, BC ... before cancer. Sleep comes now with one eye open, and both ears trained to hear any sound that isn't a sound of the night.

And it's all the other stuff that plays a part in the giving — from making a meal, to playing cards, to just sitting by the bed, holding a hand.

It's the "life" part of the giving that is so important to acknowledge. We all give our "life energy" every day, to continue the life that's been attacked by this unrelenting enemy.

We'll do just about anything to make "their" day, every day, because we don't know when it will be the last day.

It's a breath-taking challenge. Somehow we find the strength. I just think it's important to salute you, "givers of life."

Remember ... Leroy will be on "Talk of the Nation" at 3 p.m. EDT today with guest host Ted Koppel. You can hear it on your NPR member station, or here on the blog, where there will be a live chat during the interview. Then Leroy will answer your questions starting at 4 p.m. EDT.