We have been missing Alan Bock’s column for the last few weeks.
A few weeks ago, Alan got very sick. After seeing many doctors and getting scores of tests, he has been diagnosed with a cancerous blockage in his biliary ducts.
He is facing surgery and is hopeful, and treatment an a great attitude have seen a vast improvement already.
Here is a note from Alan written a few days ago:
In case anybody has been looking here and wondering what happened to me, it’s been illness. About three weeks ago — four? — Jen noticed I was looking yellow, which means jaundice. Long story short, moving from a hospital in Murietta that couldn’t help me to Cedars-Sinai, I have a blockage in my biliary ducts — some relieved by a stent, so the jaundice is gone, but what remains is cancerous. There’s a surgery called Whipple to take such things out, and I’m now at home taking antibiotics and preparing for surgery, perhaps in a week. I doubt if I’ll have much to say about politics for a while yet — you might be surprised just cooking right and taking care of me takes. But I’m feeling good and optimistic. Maybe more on my condition as my strength increases, but then a silent period again.
We at Antiwar.com send our hopes and thoughts to Alan.