12 August 2011

Get Well Soon, Dave

Update 08/12/11: Mr. Cameron shares some good news...
The results of that test are in – I officially have no more leukemia in my body. The doctors won’t say I’m in remission until they discharge me from the hospital in a week or two, but given that I’m currently cancer-free, I’m happy to use that term, even if it is technically a little premature.

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Dave Cameron--without whom the sabersphere wouldn't be what it is today--just announced that he is ill with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and will begin chemotherapy immediately.
History has given my doctors all kinds of data about cure rates and life expectancy, and statistical analysis is helping them decide just what kind of chemotherapy I’ll be taking in a few hours, which I’m really thankful for. But really, those numbers do nothing for me. I’m not going to be making very many decisions over the next few months. I’m just going to be rooting like crazy for the drugs to work. I need reasons for hope, and I won’t find much of that in the harshness of raw data.
--When Statistics Are Not Helpful, by Dave Cameron
Mr. Cameron's right, of course. He doesn't care about the numbers right now, and neither should we. This isn't the time for analysis; it's the time for all of us to get on the same side and root for the Big Win.
For now, I’ll just ask that you strongly consider donating both blood and platelets to the Red Cross – they have a critically low supply of both at the moment...
I'll be making an appointment as soon as this post goes up. If you qualify, and haven't donated in the last 56 days, I urge you to do so as well. (As a long-time supporter of and donor to the Red Cross, I urge you to do so anyhow).
See you all when I can. Don’t get too used to not having me around.
We won't, Dave. See you soon.

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