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Remembering Leroy Sievers

Remembering Leroy Sievers

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Ted Koppel and Leroy Sievers in Iraq (Read the story, here). Source: ABC News hide caption

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It's a shame to take up your time and energy asking you to read our blog, when you could be reading Leroy Sievers' blog. The cancer that he chronicled in such an immediate and generous way finally took his life on Friday. We were so lucky that the tremendous relationships that he shared with so many people in this building extended to us — we were able to have him on the show more than once, most recently this past July.

Blogging is an oddly self-involved thing — it can seem like a one-way communication tool — but Leroy Sievers was such a natural writer and communicator, it really seemed like he was waiting for an answer — for your answer.

We've talked a lot about his journalistic legacy, and the great community that the My Cancer blog became — but he also did something quite extraordinary with blogging, that we sometimes pass over. He revealed himself. Not in the way that bloggers sometimes do now — oversharing, performing — but in a way that celebrated the mixed blessings of being human — the glorious network of joy, grief, love, pleasure, and pain that grows more furiously than any disease. We'll miss him.

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