There are certain times in life when even the Sox struggles pale in comparison to other, more real life issues. Today is one of those times, as our hero, and the man who we thank every day for saving us from a slow death due to depression, liver failure, and/or lethal injection, Dave Roberts, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer.
“There have been some tough days for me going through chemo,’’ Roberts said. “But my spirits continue to be high and, if you know me, they will continue to be. I expect to be fully recovered.’’
Roberts said the cancer was detected early and “fortunately, the prognosis is very positive.’’
He has a long way to go. Hodgkin’s attacks the immune system and compromises the body’s ability to fight infection.
“It was early enough that everyone feels pretty good about it where I think I can make a full recovery,’’ he said. “It was a surprise to me. I felt like I was in good health. The more I read about it, I’m more in tune with it now.’’
And his first instinct was beating it.
“I’m doing good,’’ he said. “Once the initial shock wore off, I’m at the stage now of, ‘What can we do to beat this?’ My wife [Tricia] is incredible. She’s been a pillar of strength. I’m feeding off her energy as well.’’
Our best wishes go out to Dave, Tricia and the entire Roberts family as they battle this disease. None of them will ever be able to pay for a beer in this town again. Keep kicking ass, Dave, keep kicking ass.