I don’t normally follow the sordid details of such stories but just by being alive and keeping up with current events, it was impossible not to know something about this sad story. I’m not here to pass judgment. Certainly, I know only the hearsay evidence to which I’ve been exposed and in my heart I want to believe in his innocence. What I was struck with during his interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America was how very sad and tragic this entire story is. It made my heart ache.
Oh, there have been times in my life when hope was missing and who’s to say that that won’t happen again. But, it’s so wonderful to be with people who give and share their hope when everything looks so dark. Have you had that experience? My father and father-in-law died of brain tumors, the same rare type, twenty years apart, a glioblastoma. I had hope with my dad. I knew so little. When my father-in-law was diagnosed, I gave up immediately. I knew the results. I’d already experienced them. But, Joe, my father-in-law was treated at Duke by Drs. Henry and Alan Friedman. (They are not related.) And, the motto of the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center is “At Duke there is hope.” It was inspirational to be with the people who worked there. They really believed they could cure him. They believe they can find a way to eliminate this disease and while I must tell you, Dad died, so many more have lived. They have lived and they have thrived. There are many stories of people who are living long and wonderful lives because there are people at Duke who believe that they can make a difference and who have made a difference.
There’s a book out about The Emotional Life of Your Brain. It revolves around what is being called “The New Science of Feelings.” One of the examples of the neuroplasticity of the brain talks about virtuoso musicians and how the part of the brain that involves the movement of the fingers, is larger for them. It also refers to a study where adults were asked to pretend practice the piano for several weeks and they found they too had enlarged that part of the brain.