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TUESDAY, OCT. 20, 2009, 3:18 A.M.

I dream of Jeanie…

Good morning, Netizens...

I awoke just now, dreaming of Jeanie with the light red hair. This week, Jeanie is wandering in a delightful mini-vacation in Disney World in Florida while getting her dialysis done on a regular basis with the assistance of an extended library of friends. When Jeanie is absent from Community Comment for very long, I truly miss hearing her voice on the phone, or seeing messages she has posted, but now that she is clear across the country and completely out of touch, I miss her more than words can tell.

It takes a great deal of spirit to fight kidney disease, but I would imagine it takes even more than courage to wander through Disney World with friends, occasionally having dialysis performed in in a strange place, while cohabiting with with Mickey, Minnie Mouse and Goofy. She does not seem to have any limitations when it comes to her friends and loved ones, which is perhaps what Jeanie is all about. She and her merry band of friends planned, scrimped and saved up for this trip and nothing, not even kidney disease, would keep her from her appointed rounds. There has to be an inner child in Jeanie, that drives her onward.

I remember our first meeting as if it were yesterday, on a summer's day in Franklin Park. We both were healthy back then, I had no trace of diabetes and she no evidence of kidney disease, and she, Mechanic Man and I sat in the shade talking about writing, about how our great dreams were unfolding. Somehow I knew, beyond a question of a doubt, that we would write together often, as we do now, and that we would never forget our heritage of journalism.

Somehow, I never anticipated the courageousness with which she would eventually deal with kidney disease, nor did I foresee that she and I would eventually end up harnessed in this other-worldly experience we share as Community Comment.

She ostensibly will be back home by week's end, and we can only hope she returns hale and eager to tell us about her trip to Disney World, as she promised me she would.


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