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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Senator Ted Kennedy Not Expected To Live For More Than Three Years Or So,
Quite Possibly Less

Yesterday, Senator Kennedy was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, specifically, a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe. The parietal is a brain lobe that works with other regions of the brain to control things such as sensation, movement and speech/language. Malignant gliomas are fairly rare, being diagnosed in only about 9,000 Americans a year. However, almost half of those who are diagnosed die within a year of the diagnosis.

Regardless of my general disagreement with the Senator's positions and votes, I do respect his political abilities. And I respect him as a person. It is terrible that anyone and any family should have to endure this sort of thing, their political backgrounds being completely irrelevant.

Our prayers go out to Senator Kennedy and his family that they may have strength to make it through this terribly difficult time, that they may have the wisdom to discern the best decisions to make, and that they may have the peace that passes all understanding.

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