jueves, 8 de mayo de 2008

Sometimes live sucks

Today I’ve received this mail from a colleague based at the London office:

As some of you may know, I will be out for a while as I have been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) and unfortunately not the standard kind either. The good news is that this explains my terrible marathon time from a couple of weeks ago, the bad news is I already moved in for the next couple of months at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead to make my way through several rounds of chemotherapy. But hey, at least it is unlikely that I need to shave for a while.

Anyway, Jim will communicate the team structure changes to those of you who are affected.

I hope to be back soon.

I know this kind of things happen from time to time and it’s only a matter of time until someone close to you is affected. In fact in my close family we had our own cancer fights and chemotherapy sessions so I can’t say it’s the first time that someone I know receives such terrible news.

But maybe because he is sportier than me (I never dreamed seeking for a time in a marathon) or because he is approximately as old as I am or maybe because I believe he has two daughters as young as my own daughters I was really touched by his mail.

Yes, sometimes live sucks, but optimism and sense of humor is what really help us and I’m glad he has enough of that.

A cuidarse
Javier Arias González