Cooper bounced back today. He stayed home from school, watched the Inauguration with me, fiddled with his new microscope, reluctantly practiced spelling words, ate ice cream, put together a puzzle and more.
Steve has a minor sore throat but no fever. He seems unscathed by strep so far.
I corresponded today with two local folks affected by brain tumors.
One is the father of a young girl who has tumors in her brain stem and spine.
The other is a woman about my age, who learned last week that her brain tumor is back, two years after surgery and radiation therapy.
In Washington today, Sen. Edward Kennedy suffered a seizure related to his brain tumor.
There are thousands of these stories every year.
It's easy to get discouraged by all the illness and cancer that surrounds us.
It's just as easy -- and more important, I think -- to be inspired by the courage of those living with cancer every day.