Prayers and thoughts for Barry Rubin, please

I have long been singularly fortunate in that Barry Rubin periodically corresponds with me.  He is a light in the blogosphere:  informed, brilliant, objective, open-minded, decent, and kind.  Read any one of his posts about the Middle East, and you will learn more than you will learn in a year of reading the New York Times.  I always feel honored when I hear from him.

What I didn’t know is that Barry has been fighting cancer — at least, I assume it’s cancer, because he mentions chemotherapy in a recent post updating readers about the fact that he will be incommunicado for a while as his physicians work to drain fluid build-up from his longs:

i’m about to undergo an operation to attempt to drain the fluid from my lungs by inserting a tube. this will take 3-5 days and i will be in hospital. it is possible i will not be able to communicate during this time. they will then try to seal the lungs which if it succeeds will help me. we will then begin chemo and other therapies. the operation is said not be dangerous. please expect no correspondence or articles from me during this period. it is hoped that by next week i will be pretty normal and undergoing care. i have wonderful doctors. i hope and believe we will be together again in future. with all my gratitude for your being good readers and interested in my thoughts. i hope i have been helpful to you. please keep up the fight for what’s good and decent and right even when it costs us in personal and professional terms.

Please keep this lovely man in your thoughts and prayers.

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  • Oldflyer

    My heart is with him and all who fight this battle.
    I lost my mother to cancer when I was a teenager, her father before that, and eventually my own father and brother as well.  But, now as my granddaughter struggles against leukemia, the enormity of the burden that cancer victims face is brought home again in full force.
    We think of the progress that has been made with the disease in the universal sense, but should never overlook the trauma and fear that besets the individual. And their families.   There may be cures; but there are no easy cures.

  • Caped Crusader

    My wife and I have are both victorious veterans of this campaign, so it will be an honor and privilege to remember this fine man in our prayers several times daily. May the Lord give him the physical and emotional strength to prevail against this adversity. God bless this wonderful human.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Oldflyer:  I’m so sorry to hear about your granddaughter.  Leukemia is a vicious disease.  She’s in my thoughts.

    Caped Crusader:  Thank you!

  • Danny Lemieux

    May the Lord bless and heal him. His wisdom is much needed in these troubled times.