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Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin Has Breast Cancer

Terrible news from the LA blogger community. Nearly a week ago, Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin announced via Twitter that she has breast cancer. Today, she posted an incredibly brave piece about her diagnosis.

Dr. Kristi Funk is her name. How can anything go bad when the doctor’s name is Funk, and there are so many funny things to tweet? She told me to lie down, put some goop on my chest, and waved a wand through the goop. The waves appeared on a screen. It looked like NASA video, something the Mars rovers might transmit home to a JPL engineer searching for distant water.

She showed me a crater in the waves, a deep one, with rough edges and a rocky ridge along the northern rim. Calcification. Badly-defined boundaries. Not the lake we’d hoped to find.

“The first thing you’re going to learn about working with me is that I’m a straight shooter,” Dr. Funk said. Her voice was steady and reassuring.

“That’s how you know you can trust me. I’m going to tell you everything, and I’m going to tell it to you like it is.”

I forget the rest of what she said, but it added up to this: the crater was cancer.

According to her Wikipedia page, Jardin is only 41. Scary.

Best wishes for a speedy treatment and recovery, from the Fishbowl.

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