Sunday, January 03, 2010
My friend, O, in San Rafael, CA, mentioned Dana Reeve to me in an email tonight. It was a story that I may have read, but forgot about since three and a half years ago, it held no significance to my life. That was then and this is now.
Dana Reeve was the widow of Christopher Reeve, the actor who embodied Superman to a generation. She valiantly tended to him after his tragic horse accident rendered him a quadriplegic. He died in 2004, nine years after his accident. She was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2005, dying in March of 2006, days before turning 45. She was a non smoker. Her sister, a pathologist, wrote an essay about her for the Summer, 2007 issue of Cure Today.
I'm not sure how much further we have come in the treatment of this disease in the intervening 3-4 years.