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  1. Karen Jaffe Says:

    Hi Bruce, after getting over the shock and dismay over your condition I’m adding my prayers and wishes for you as you start on this journey. It’s hard to share insights with an “expert” (tho I can personally vouch for the coffee shop at Kimmel) and the fact that the cafeteria actually does stay open late with some options for a salad! Please know that Bob, Sara, and I are available and sincerely hopeful that we can be useful in any way. We know the way to Hopkins well, but also to Winterberry and can stay/drive kids if that is helpful. Also shop. Whatever.

    Please know we love you and are thinking of you daily


  2. Diane Tuncer Says:

    Hi Bruce,

    I just learned about what you are going through when I saw a post on MedPage. I am so impressed with how you are handling this and your willingness to provide your friends and loved ones with such a personal account on your blog. And Lisa is just incredible, too! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.


  3. philip brachman Says:

    Bruce, I have just heard about your illness.Knowning you and your strengths, I am sure you will defeat the villian and be back on your feet with your strong voice and mind. We missed you at the EIS conference which was the usual environment populated by colleagues from year 1951 to the present. See you at next year’s gathering. Best wishes. Philip

  4. Rick Goodman Says:

    Bruce: Rich Besser passed along the news. You are one tough hombre, and that alone will get you through this. But there are plenty of other reasons to be optimistic. Are you acquainted with John Rullan, who served in the EIS in the 1980s and has gone on to a career in Puerto Rico? John battled either leukemia or multiple myeloma a few years ago, and has emerged successfully. A friend of mine from my residency days just recently defeated AML, including a successful BM transplant (John also had a successful transplant). You’ve got the fortitude, a phenomenal family, and an enormous fan club of EIS alums and others at CDC pulling for you. Debbie and I are keeping you in our thoughts, and eagerly looking forward to seeing you here in Atlanta. With warmest and best wishes, Rick.

  5. Ashby Beal Says:

    The word is getting out around Norwood. As sobering as the news is, you have a lot of people pulling and praying for you. If you or Lisa need anything at all, it will be easy to get the Adventure Guides battalion mobilized.

  6. Hal Higby Says:


    I’d sent you a couple of eamails at your usual address, but am not sure you’ve received them. If not, they’ll be there when you reconnect upon discharge. Just know that you and Lisa, and the kids, are in my thoughts and that I am following your extraordinary blog with nothing short of admiration. A friend of mine, who himself was treated successfully for non-Hodjkins lymphoma at Hopkins and with whom I shared your blog, described it as a consummate example of grace under pressure; I could not agree more. Keep setting this standard for us all, Bruce, and know that there are many of us out here hold you in the highest regard.


  7. Barbara Lehman Says:

    we went to your old stomping grounds of chicago for a few days and when we returned I checked your blog and found you had gone home. Hurray. I’m sure the food is way better, the company far superior, and in general much more fun. Love Barbara

  8. Solly Says:

    I recently made an unfortunately very rare call to your Mother to get some family history. She told me about your illness and your blog. I am so sad to hear that you have to go through this whole ordeal, but am amazed at your spirit. I pray that the efforts of you, your family and your doctors will be successful, and that this will soon be only a memory.

    A quick rundown on my family. I called Aunt Hope prior to the Bris of a grandson. Benyamin, one of my 3 married sons, was thinking about a name. He ended up naming him after my father, Avraham Yisroel. Benyamin also has a girl. Moshe, the oldest, has four boys so far, just like me. He has an Avraham Baruch, the Avraham after my father. Yehuda, the middle married son, also has a boy and a girl. In the last 14 months I’ve been Sandek by three grandson’s Brises. Yehoshua is my youngest son, unmarried. And Elisheva, the youngest, got engaged just last night.
    My wife Necha and the whole family add there best wishes and prayers.
    (My daughter is pretty good at saying Tehillim – send your Hebrew name)

    I must say goodbye for now. Hope I can keep in touch a little better in the future.

    Refuah Shlemah.



    soljdan@pol.net home 718-252-9448 off 718-951-2762 or -2930
    cell 917-226-4879 (no service in office – bsmt)

  9. Paulette (Jacobson) Chicago Says:

    Hi Bruce,

    Belated “Happy Birthday!”

    I took my then live-in through his autologous stem cell transplant here at Northwestern 3 years ago for his NHL. I wish I had a day-to-day guide like yours to follow back then.

    But we made it through (he is doing very well) and you will, too.

    Hang in there!


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