|Today my friend Joanne Kelly Donovan from Lodi stopped by on her way home from
attending a Memorial Mass and breakfast for Mary Mooney. Mary was a mutual friend
of ours who would have been 80 years old today and who died of a glioblastoma 20
years ago. A group which Joanne and Mary belonged to meets every year with Mary’s
sister to celebrate Mary’s birthday. Mary was the first person I had heard of who had
a glioblastoma and I don’t think I heard of it again until Ted Kennedy was diagnosed
with one. In 1978 my father-in-law and my next door neighbor both had an astrocytoma
grade 4, which I now know is automatically a glioblastoma. Both of them lived 3
months from diagnosis.
Erin got tired when Joanne was here and lay down right after this photo. She seems
to be aching all over.