Jerry Roberts' 2006 included leaving as editor of the Santa Barbara News-Press, gaining unwanted national media attention, paying lawyers to defend himself against Wendy McCaw and being operated on to remove a badly swollen spleen. But the worst was the notification, after the surgery, that he has follicular non-Hodgkins lymphoma or cancer of the lymphatic system. He writes in the Santa Barbara Independent:
Good riddance, 2006.
Now back in Santa Barbara from the Bay Area, after unexpectedly spending the holidays test-driving various hospital beds, examining tables, and medical waiting rooms, I’m trying to make sense of the blur of it all, as my wife and kids and I try to get our lives back on track — physically, emotionally, and economically — after the wreckage of last year.