My best friend Joe had open heart surgery this week. We have been good friends since 1968 when we met in 3rd grade and bonded over the Partridge Family.
He developed childhood leukemia in the early 70's and was one of the first group of kids to survive. The chemo lightened his hair permanently but it also damaged his heart...as he was to discover a few years ago.
The operation had some twists and turns that sent him back into surgery. His heart stopped twice.
He will have one more procedure, remain in ICU for a few days then off to a cardio rehab center. He is 46 years old.
We're not kids anymore. Although we are still eating the same amount of candy.