RE: Good news!
- It is always good to hear a story like this.
From: Lloyd Miller [mailto:lloyd.miller@...]
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 1:56 PM
To: SACC; Maren Wilson; Jo Rainy Rodgers; Mary Gilliland; Diane Wilhelm; Mark Lewine; Becky Stein-Frankle (w); Ann Kaupp; Ann Popplestone; Patricia Hamlen; Laura Gonzalez; Autumn Cahoon; Chuck Ellenbaum; Phil Stein; George Rodgers; Melvin Johnson; Deborah Shepherd; Bob Muckle; Dianne Chidester
Subject: Good news!
Diane Wilhelm called me yesterday after a communications hiatus of many months with the remarkable statement, "I'm cancer-free and regaining my strength!"
A past-president of SACC, Diane has been Assistant Editor of SACC Notes for some years. Shortly after SACC's spring 2008 conference in DC, she was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Surgery wasn't entirely successful and her main form of treatment was chemotherapy. She stayed with her son and his family in New York City during treatment (and, incidentally, wrote her retrospective on SACC's first 30 years for the fall 2008 issue by hand because she was too weak to type on a computer). Later, she resided at a nursing home for an extended period of recovery.
Normally, we would chat on the phone at length occasionally, so when my communiques to her went unanswered, I began to fear the worst. Consequently, I was thrilled to hear her voice and above all the good news it brought. Diane is now at home, gets around on her own and has in fact resumed much of her post-retirement life, which includes painting, writing poetry and editing poetry collections. With her strength regained, she may even attend the AAA meetings in Philadelphia in the fall and will continue her editorial duties with SACC.
Diane, welcome back!
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