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Best wishes, Bert

Posted by Richard on September 8, 2007

I've known Bert Wiener for quite a long time, although I haven't seen him much in recent years. We both used to be very active in the Colorado Libertarian Party. Bert is a smart, funny, thoroughly decent guy. I've linked to his blog, Wienerville, for a long time now. As I noted in this post about him, he's even less prolific than me, but always worth reading. I guarantee you'll enjoy going through his three years of blogging (it's all one page), and I encourage you to do so. There are some truly wonderful posts.

Back in February, Bert posted some bad news — his leukemia had returned, and after chemotherapy, he was facing a bone marrow transplant. Blogging subsequently ceased (understandable, considering the chemo). After that, I dropped by Wienerville from time to time to see if there was any news. I just checked for the first time in a few weeks, and finally there is! On August 17, Bert posted:

Haven't posted for a good long while. Sorry about that. Anyway, I go to Presb/St. Lukes today to begin a bone marrow transplant. It's a bit risky and no fun at all. But they make a great effort to alleviate both problems. This will be an umbilical cord transplant. They take the marrow stem cells from two cords (two, because I need a lot of mass to kick start marrow growth and one cord doesn't have much at all) and inject them, following truly horrific amounts of radiation and chemo. But, I know someone who went through all this and came out smelling like a rose. I'll be talking to her now and then to reinforce my spirit. I'll try to update this blog when I feel some strength – in about 8 weeks. Wish me luck.

Bert, I'm hoping you, too, come out smelling like a rose. I'm not religious or mystical or touchy-feely, but I'm thinking about you. And I hope my legions of readers will visit your blog and take a moment to think about you and wish you the best. It can't hurt. Good luck, buddy. Let us know when you feel better.

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