I have three friends whose children are in major medical battles right now: Emily was the first, then Lauren, followed quickly by Caitlin.

It doesn't matter that I hadn't kept up with Traci (high school) or Gordy (Long Beach State) for years. Cancer, tumors, chemo brings people together in a heartbeat, bridges all kinds of water.

I follow all of their blogs multiple times a day for the past several months. I cheer for the ups and try to help during the downs. My heart is pounding now as I read this post on Lauren's blog.

Universe? I feel helpless. How much can people take? But really now? How much....? I am at a loss for words and I'm terribly, terribly, terribly sorry for what is happening to this family.