One of the cool things about running a site is that once in a while you can post on something (way) off topic.  Something that has just smacked you in the mouth and you can ‘t stop thinking about it, and you just have to share it.  This is one of those posts for me.  […]
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OT & Highly Recommended: Drew Olanoff’s ‘That’s Not What I Ordered’ Post

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One of the cool things about running a site is that once in a while you can post on something (way) off topic.  Something that has just smacked you in the mouth and you can ‘t stop thinking about it, and you just have to share it.  This is one of those posts for me.  I had plans of what I ‘d be posting in the first half of today “ and they went right out the window when I saw Drew Olanoff ‘s post a little earlier on today.

I ‘ve heard Drew ‘s name but never read anything of his before today “ when I read his ‘That ‘s Not What I Ordered ‘ post, which details his reaction to learning, just a few days ago, that he has (fortunately a very treatable kind of) cancer.  His opening lines in the post “ shown in the screencap above “ show his initial stunned reaction to getting that news.

That ‘s not what ‘s kept me thinking all morning, and it ‘s not what made me feel I wanted to share Drew ‘s post every which way I could think of.  It ‘s Drew ‘s strong, brave, funny, and hugely inspirational response to his situation that ‘s left me feeling that way

Here is how Drew has decided to take on cancer:

Before I was staged, I spoke with a friend of mine about it and shared an idea I had for a site called BlameDrewsCancer.   See, I am trying to stay lighthearted and optimistic that since studies show that Hodgkins Lymphoma is 90% curable I should do SOMETHING.

I ‘ve been blaming my cancer for everything.  Lost keys, wallet, Phillies losing.   Sixers picking a bad coach.   Twitter going down and/or being slow.

Surely cancer can ‘t withstand that type of beatdown.  But why do it alone?  I wanted to welcome ANYONE to blame ANYTHING on MY cancer.   I ‘ll find a nice company or a few who will match each unique person on Twitter who blames something on my cancer using the hashtag #BlameDrewsCancer, with a dollar that will go to the American Cancer Society and Make a Wish Foundation.

My life is changed forever.

I have cancer, but cancer doesn ‘t have me.

Wow.  How awesome an attitude is that?  How great an idea is that? – to really do something to fight back, and not just for himself either.

Cancer is a subject that is close to my heart, so I just found Drew ‘s post wonderful and inspirational and all sorts.  Have honestly been feeling emotional about it all day since reading it.  And of course I ‘ve tweeted using the #BlameDrewsCancer hashtag, so that dollars will go to his two chosen charities. 

Anyway, if you ‘ve ever been ‘touched ‘ by cancer, it is really, really worth reading Drew ‘s post HERE, and checking out the Blame Drew ‘s Cancer site HERE “ and tweeting using that hashtag, so that more dollars get donated to great causes .

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