I have never read columns as entertaining as those penned by the late Erma Bombeck, who survived cancer surgery, only to be claimed by kidney disease at age 69. Her battle was valiant as she underwent five years of dialysis before ultimately failing to survive transplant surgery that came too late. Never mind she refused to be moved up on the list, instead insisting on waiting her turn.

She was magical in finding “household humor” despite dealing daily with realities that were decidedly “unfunny.” Here’s one example: Chances of inheriting polycystic kidney disease — one that she dealt with for 50 years — is 50 percent. Two of her three children have it, too, and have been beneficiaries of advanced treatment options to lead productive lives.

Nationally known speaker, educator and writer Don Newbury, a Texas native, is the author of nine print and audio books. Contact him at newbury@speakerdoc.com or 817-447-3872.

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