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Alan Singer's illness
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In January, 2008, my brother-in-law, Alan Singer, had a serious illness. Since so many people wanted frequent updates on his condition, I created a blog page to post progress reports and allow people to make their own comments. In late February, Alan was virtually back to normal, found the blog page superfluous, and asked me to delete it. Since the content has become part of family history, we agreed I would post it here.
In the first day or two of his hospitalization, I had a lot of anger about how what I perceived as his stubbornness seemed to have delayed treatment and perhaps made the illness more life-threatening than it needed to be. I also included more medical details than necessary. I decided that even though a blog is normally a personal forum, this blog should have been as detached as possible since many people were seeing it and relying on its information. I therefore edited down my own comments, including some of the allied but not directly germane medical details, so that the blog content ended up appearing as below. Because so many students and colleagues had wonderful things to say about Alan and his teaching, I have kept those messages intact but removed their contact information.