I debated for awhile about whether or not to write this fanpost. I tend to be of the belief that sites like this should be, above all, about temporarily escaping the harsher realities of life. But something that happened here last night changed my mind.
I published a reply to a fan post that I never expected to be taken critically or controversially. It was a simple attempt to explain my love for the Cubs. It led however to an attack by one poster-not a regular on this site-someone I'd never noticed before. Among his words was a nauseating comment about cancer that, while I understand that he couldn't have known my circumstances, had an affect that I'm still feeling.
This past weekend my beautiful, nine year old niece Molly, was diagnosed with Leukemia. To say that this has been a shock to our family is an understatement. A few days ago she was getting ready for her basketball playoff game. Now, as I write this, we're awaiting word on her bone marrow biopsy that will determine her course of treatment.
I wish I could do justice to just how strong and courageous she has been through all of this but, suffice it to say, her 47 year old uncle is learning from her every day.
What's happened to her is terrible but it's also a part of her journey...what will, inevitably, form the special person we know that she's going to become.
I've had my differences with some posters on this site but I've never doubted that the vast majority of the fans here are people with good hearts. It's unfortunate that the occasional exception to this has to cast such a negative shadow over the rest of us.
This also happens to be "Leukemia Awareness Week". If you get a chance, temporarily trade in your "Cubs blue" for orange to show your support for all of those suffering from this terrible disease (and for the amazing doctors and nurses who have dedicated themselves to curing it).
And please keep an incredibly brave little girl in your thoughts and prayers.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Go Cubs!