Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Cancer, Coffee and a Cup of Courage

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Cancer, Coffee and a Cup of Courage

Article excerpt

When I rolled out of bed this morning and padded out to the kitchen, my husband was sitting at the table with a mug of coffee, reading the paper. This was not unusual. We are newspaper people. He's an editor. I'm a columnist. We read the paper the way farmers check the weather report: We like to know what's on the horizon.

The paper is a big part of our morning ritual. So is coffee. One gives us the news. The other helps us to face it.

Without coffee, I am groggy, bordering on cranky. But my husband is entirely worthless.

Well, until he's had sufficient caffeine - lots of it - after which he is a perfectly fine human being, or at least, somewhat more human.

Seriously. It's best he doesn't try to shower, let alone shave, before he has a second cup. This morning, however, he was scheduled for a routine physical, including blood tests, that required fasting - as in nothing to eat or drink. Lucky for him, I stopped him just as he lifted the mug to take a swig.

"You're having COFFEE?" He looked at me the way I used to look at my sister when we watched "Wild Kingdom" and I thought Marlin Perkins was about to get snake-bit.

"Yes," he said. "Yes, I am." "What about the blood work?"

He blinked hard, looking back and forth from me to the mug, until finally it dawned on him.

"Oh," he said, slowly putting down the mug. "Oh, no."

I thought he was going to cry. Instead, he went back to reading the paper. That's when I noticed it. The newspaper. Instead of dingy gray, it was pink.

October is National Breast-Cancer Awareness Month. The paper was pink (like the pink-ribbon symbol) to recognize the month, and featured stories in every section on breast cancer - its prevention, treatment and, most of all, its survivors. So I poured myself a cup of coffee and started reading. hat makes a story not just good, but great? …

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