Several months back, it may have been more than a year, I noticed that one of my Facebook friends, a guy I had met through playing Diplomacy, didn't seem to be participating in on-line discussions as often as he had. I asked a friend we had in common what was going on, and I was informed that this person had cancer.
Well I just found out that the Duck has passed. Really liked the guy, more so than most people. The Duck was the kind of guy who was easy-going and naturally seemed to get along with everybody. I didn't know him particularly well, but in another sense I did. The nature of the Diplomacy-playing hobby is that you see people seldom, but when you do meet, the interactions are fairly intense. The people involved are often very socially aware and we can make friends that last a long time.
Anyway, my own operation is coming up in less than two weeks. I delayed it a week so I could go to a gaming convention. I asked the scheduler if it there was an urgent need to schedule it ASAP and she said no.
In the aftermath of the positive colonoscopy, I've decided to also see a dermatologist to get him to look at all my freckles and moles. Worried about melanomas now. Am I becoming a hypochondriac? I don't think so. Having decided that I'm missing at least one anti-cancer allele, this puts me in a weird frame of mind. I'll probably have to have regular colonoscopies for the rest of my life.
Meh. Will miss Duck at DixieCon.