Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Confession on a toll booth 2

So obviously a great example of charisma would be the recently departed Mr. Layton. Unfortunately, I would not be able to do him any justice. What I can say, is that he has been a brave man, and a smart one. His pivotal role in establishing the NDP as something more than a vote against the conservative and liberals. And his decision to step down before his disease took him was smart; instead of having his party to deal with the lost of a great man, and have to look for a new leader while being a strong official opposition.

Obviously, Mr. Layton had a lot of fight within him. Cancer is a disease that requires a lot of fight. From the patient, and everyone around them. Fight is all around us though. This is what my friend had to say about her mom, may she rest in peace.

In the early hours of August 19 my mom, died after over two years fighting an aggressive form of breast cancer which had spread to her brain and spine. During that time she rode in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, ran a half marathon, travelled, and did a million other things. I will never describe her as having "lost her battle with cancer" because it implies that she failed somehow, when in truth she never wavered. I love you and I will miss you, mom.

So I urge you, once again, to fight. Fight with the blaze of passion behind your back.

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