Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,
Mark
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Luck of the draw

One of the people I was pleased to see at the conference is Microsoft's vendor rep, though he used to work for Apple. The first thing I noticed was that he'd lost a lot of weight. We got to chat during lunch, before I actually went upstairs to get some food, and it turns out that not long after he left Apple, he was diagnosed with cancer.

"It's smoker's cancer, and I've never smoked," he added. Apparently Joe made all the doctors scratch their head, since he's never been a smoker or a heavy drinker, and yet he developed tongue and throat cancer. The treatments last year made him stop eating, so he was being fed by a tube, and he lost about 80 pounds. He was out of work for about six months, but has gotten back into the swing of things and is pretty well recovered from the treatments.

He's "cured," though he knows the cancer could come back at any time. Interestingly, he used to walk with a cane, but doesn't seem to be doing that any more. I didn't ask.
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