Tuesday, May 20, 2008

ted kennedy

Sen. Kennedy Has Brain Tumor
Associated PressMay 20, 2008 1:13 p.m.
BOSTON -- Sen. Edward Kennedy has a brain tumor.
Doctors for the Massachusetts Democrat said tests conducted after Sen. Kennedy suffered a seizure this weekend show a tumor in his left parietal-lobe. The usual course of treatment includes combinations of radiation and chemotherapy, but Sen. Kennedy's treatment will be decided after more tests.
The 76-year-old senator has been hospitalized in Boston since Saturday, when he was airlifted from Cape Cod after a seizure at his home.
His wife and children have been with him each day but have made no public statements.
His doctors said in a statement released to the Associated Press that he has had no further seizures, is in good spirits and resting comfortably.
Copyright © 2008 Associated Press

i first met ted kennedy in iowa city in 1980, when he was running for president and i was a grad student/photographer with political connections, and had the task of covering all the many candidates who came to town. ted came to town with son patrick and niece caroline, and the marathon day began. it was crazy, and yet his heart-felt words never seemed veneered or false. when i finally posed with the senator at the end of the day for my photo, as i put my arm around his back, i felt the massive back brace that helped him stand erect all his days. as my more recent bout of back pain showed me, maintaining such a happy public demeanor is no easy task, and i'm a recluse, not a member of camelot.
the senator has a tough row ahead of him. i dread the sick shit that rush and lesser pinheads will spew forth at this time.
my thoughts are with him, and his family.

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