I'm going to take a quick detour from my usual stories to post something that I hope will make you smile as much as it did for me. I don't come across stories like this very often, so when I do, I feel the need to share.
Oh, stop gagging you big baby. Just read.
I was consulted on an elderly gentleman in his 80's about 2 months ago due to anemia and rectal bleeding. In a man of this age, this is considered to be colon cancer until proven otherwise. A gastroenterologist performed a colonoscopy and found a mass in his colon, and biopsies confirmed colon cancer a few days later.
Mr. X (not his real name) took the news very well. He and his wife, who passed away a few years ago, were Holocaust survivors, and he dealt with the bad news just like he dealt with everything else - with an amazing sense of humour. I've never heard so many cancer jokes in my life - I never knew so many cancer jokes even existed!
I removed about half of his colon laparoscopically (with a few very tiny incisions), and he recovered very well, going home about five days after surgery. I saw him in my office about two weeks later, and everything was going very well, though he had elected not to undertake chemotherapy. He still cracked jokes at every possible opportunity.
Hold your horses, the heartwarming part of the story is coming now - I just got an email from his daughter that the local municipality will be naming a school after his late wife after an exhaustive search for a new name.
There isn't very much out there, besides my wife and children, that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This did.