One of my favorite progressive columnists, Molly Ivinsâ€”who has long possessed the singular ability to write with equal parts humor, eloquence, and outrageâ€”is battling breast cancer, and, as reported by Editor & Publisher (via Common Dreams), is not doing well:
AUSTIN — Almost three weeks ago, Molly Ivins wrote that she would dedicate every single one of her syndicated columns from now on to the issue of stopping the war in Iraq — until it ended. But she has managed to finish only one more column since.
The gravely ill Texas columnist has been hospitalized again this week in her ongoing battle with breast cancer.
Her assistant Betsy Moon says she may be able to go home Monday. She adds that those close to Ivins are “not sure what’s going to happen, but she’s very sick.”
The 62-year-old columnist had taken an earlier break from her syndicated column, but resumed writing earlier this month.
Last October she had suggested this headline to an E&P interviewer: “Molly Ivins Still Not Dead.”
E&P wrote then, “The third recurrence of the breast cancer she has been battling since 1999 (and which recently claimed her good friend, former Texas Gov. Ann Richards) has left the 62-year-old Ivins with precarious balance, minimal hair, and no illusions about the redemptive quality of life-threatening illness. ‘I’d hoped to become a better person from confronting my own mortality,’ she laughs. ‘But it hasn’t happened.’”
In the Jan. 11th column, which opposed the troop escalation, Ivins wrote â€œWe are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war….If you can, go to the peace march in Washington on Jan. 27. We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, ‘Stop it, now!’”
But this was the last newspaper column she has been able to write. [full text]
My thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Ivins and all those who love her.