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My Brain Tumor

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The main reason I am writing this column is that many people have asked me how I first realized I was suffering from a brain tumor and what I have done about it.

But I also want to relate the reaction to my disease, mostly compassionate, that belies Washington's reputation.

The first sign that I was in trouble came on Wednesday, July 23, when my 2004 black Corvette struck a pedestrian on 18th Street in downtown Washington while I was on my way to my office.

I did not realize I had hit anyone until a shirt-sleeved young man on a bicycle, whom I incorrectly thought to be a bicycle messenger, jumped in front of my car to block the way. In fact, he was David A. Bono, a partner in the high-end law firm Harkins Cunningham. The bicyclist was shouting at me that I could not just hit people and then drive away. That was the first I knew about the accident. Mr. Bono called the police, and a patrolman soon arrived.

After I said I had no idea I had hit anyone until they flagged me down and informed me, Mr. Bono told The Washington Post, "I would not believe that." Fortunately, the investigating officer, P. Garcia, was a policeman who listened and apparently believed me. While Mr. Bono and other bystanders were taking on aspects of a mob, shouting "hit-and-run," Officer Garcia issued a right-of-way infraction against me, costing me $50, instead of a hit-and-run violation that would have been a felony. Following Officer Garcia's instructions, I promptly paid the $50 fine at Third District Police Headquarters in Northwest Washington, in cash and in person.

Officer Garcia's justification in believing me was soon confirmed by the diagnosis of my brain cancer, in which I have lost not only left peripheral vision but nearly all my left vision, probably permanently. Several people have asked me whether the person I hit was crossing in front of me on my left. I answer, "I never saw him."

The person I hit, identified by police as Don, with no fixed address, was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where police said, "There are no visible injuries."

On the next day, Thursday, July 24, there were more clues that something was seriously wrong. I lost my way to my dentist's office in Montgomery County and never found it. I also had trouble finding my way back to my office. After returning from a speaking engagement in North Carolina on Friday, I found it difficult locating my office in the 13-story building where I have been a tenant since 1964.

My wife Geraldine and I left Washington Saturday to spend the weekend with our daughter, Zelda, and her husband, Christopher Caldwell, and their children at their summer house at Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. When Geraldine noticed that I was having trouble following her in the Boston airport, she suggested I go to a hospital emergency room. I always resist such suggestions and did so this time, but fortunately Zelda prevailed. The CT scan at Salem Hospital showed a brain mass. I returned to the summerhouse and went into seizure the next day.

When Zelda said to call 911, I again resisted, but she again prevailed. I promptly suffered another seizure in the ambulance, the second of three seizures that day. I gained admittance to the high-quality Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, which has an excellent oncology staff. A biopsy was performed, which showed a large, grade IV tumor. In answer to my question, the oncologist estimated that I had six months to a year to live. Being read your death sentence is like being a character in one of the old Bette Davis movies.

I believe I was able to withstand this shock because of my Catholic faith, to which I converted in 1998.

I then called Dr. Donald Morton of the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, Calif., who removed a cancer from my lung in 1994 and has been a friend and close medical advisor.

He told me that different people react to serious cancers in different ways and reminded me that I was a three-time cancer survivor.

Dr. Morton recommended Dr. Allan H. Friedman, a master surgeon who is chief of neurosurgery at the Duke University Medical Center.

After studying my CT scan and MRI, Dr. Friedman said a resection -- that is, a removal of the tumor -- was possible by surgery. Dr. Friedman had performed a similar operation this summer on Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.

In today's world, it is up to the "informed patient" to make many decisions affecting treatment. Dr. Morton recommended that I go ahead with surgery by Dr. Friedman.

My dear friend, the Democratic political operative Bob Shrum, asked Sen. Kennedy's wife, Vicki, to call me about Dr. Friedman. I barely know Mrs. Kennedy, but I have found her to be a warm and gracious person. I have had few good things to say about Teddy Kennedy since I first met him at the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, but he and his wife have treated me like a close friend. She was enthusiastic about Dr. Friedman and urged me to opt for surgery at Duke, which I did.

The Kennedys were not concerned by political and ideological differences when someone's life was at stake, recalling at least the myth of milder days in Washington. My long conversation with Vicki Kennedy filled me with hope.

The irony of my going to Duke to save my life can only be appreciated by somebody who knows that I am a fanatic University of Maryland basketball fan with no use for the Duke Blue Devils and their student basketball fans, who certainly have not turned the other cheek toward me.

The ingenious taunts by the students at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium are usually directed against opposing players, but I am one fan who also has been the target of the "Cameron Crazies."

During my last visit there to watch a game won by Maryland, students raised a placard with two pictures: one of Benedict Arnold and one of me. "Two Traitors, " said the headline.

But I was treated with immense courtesy and skill by the great Duke neurosurgical team. Dr. Friedman operated on me for over four hours, starting at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15. He later showed me before-and-after pictures, revealing that the 3-by-1.5-inch tumor had been removed. Of course, cancer cells remain, requiring a rigorous regimen of radiation and chemotherapy, managed by the Duke team and conducted at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington.

Al Hunt, who has become a close friend, though we disagree about almost everything, says it will be very difficult for me to inveigh against Duke in the future. I do believe he is correct. Al and his wife, Judy Woodruff, have been staunch pillars of support during this ordeal and helped arrange our living accommodations at Duke.

I am now at home in Washington, awaiting further therapy. Dr. Friedman recommended that I try to get back to at least parts of my normal life. He suggested reading, but also that I try to write columns, which is the reason I've composed this piece.

There are mad bloggers who profess to take delight in my distress, but there's no need to pay them attention in the face of such an outpouring of good will for me. I had thought 51 years of rough-and-tumble journalism in Washington made me more enemies than friends, but my recent experience suggests the opposite may be the case.

But Joe and Valerie Wilson, attempting to breathe life into the Valerie Plame "scandal," issued this statement: "We have long argued that responsible adults should take Novak's typewriter away. The time has arrived for them to also take away the keys to his Corvette."

Thanks to my tumor, the Wilsons have achieved half of their desires. I probably never will be able to drive again, and I have sold the Corvette, which I dearly loved. Taking away my typewriter, however, may require modification of the First Amendment.

Support for me and promises of prayers sent for me poured in from all sides, including political figures who had not been happy with my columns. I'm told that President George W. Bush has not liked my criticism, particularly of his Iraq war policy. But the president is a compassionate man, and he telephoned me at 7:24 a.m. on August 15, six minutes before I went into surgery. The conversation lasted only a minute, but his prayerful concern was touching and much appreciated.

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152 Comments | Post Comment
Dear Mr. Novak,

I have seen many, many prayers going up for you on the internet. Mine are included. God bless you and your family and friends who love you and who are taking good care of you.

God Bless!
Comment: #1
Posted by: Sara
Fri Sep 5, 2008 8:31 AM
Novak writes an interesting column here, yet oddly in being at the receiving end of so much kindness, he still displays his normal low-empathy approach to life. The bicyclist and others had no reason to think this commentator in his nice car was fighting a brain tumor, and most of us would be pretty offended by a hit and run until finding out it may have had a medical cause. One of his shortest paragraphs is about his victim, who he seems to have taken no real actions to meet or address the accident with. Then he maligns Joe and Valerie Wilson, whose lives he already created upheaval in but skips comment on that, again without pondering their side. If you can't imagine yourself on the other side, in the shoes of the other person, then you risk being a megalomaniac more concerned with promoting your own opinion than developing it. I always worried this was the case with Novak. Alas, reading his piece and seeing all the kindness coming towards him, people using their empathy in support of this lost soul, I feel he wrote an intimate piece that missed its own key moments. Despite his dire situation and strong will, he missed some of the best lessons.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Michael Edelstein
Fri Sep 5, 2008 8:40 AM
God bless you Mr. Novak. I have always been a big big fan of you and your writing. You're the soul of conservatism. I know Christ died for your sins and mine as well. To some this will sound silly but I do accept that when we pass on our next life begins. The soul is never at rest. It lives on forever and ever. You have much to look forward to because you will be reunited with your loved ones. Your writings will live on forever. You are a true icon and have passed on some many great life lessons. God bless you Mr. Novak. I hope the rest of your life is comfortable and that you get a chance to experience retirement. We've never met but I would consider you an Uncle type person to me. I have sent many of your articles to my son who is just 20 right now and he too has become a fan. God bless.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Dix Handley
Fri Sep 5, 2008 10:47 AM
My husband's first symptom was loss of side vision when he had a car accident---so when I read about Mr. Novak's accident I wondered if that was his problem. My husband had a menengioma, surgically removed and no treatments. I won't lie, he eventually died of a re-occurance, but was in remission for 7 years. I wish the same for Mr. Novak.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Barbara Martin
Fri Sep 5, 2008 11:41 AM
My husband's first symptom was loss of side vision when he had a car accident---so when I read about Mr. Novak's accident I wondered if that was his problem. My husband had a menengioma, surgically removed and no treatments. I won't lie, he eventually died of a re-occurance, but was in remission for 7 years. I wish the same for Mr. Novak.
Comment: #5
Posted by: Barbara Martin
Fri Sep 5, 2008 11:42 AM
May the next ten years be the best years of your life.
Comment: #6
Posted by: DaveC1
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:13 PM
I have long enjoyed your opinion. I hope this comment finds you in good health and good spirits. I will think twice the next time I say bad things about Ted Kennedy. Good luck in your recovery and keep up the writing. Your voice needs to be heard.
Comment: #7
Posted by: Chris
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:15 PM
God Bless you Mr. Novak, from a fellow cancer survivor. I understand your fear but have great strength and believe in the Almighty as He will carry you with sacred winds in your sails.
Comment: #8
Posted by: stephen
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:18 PM
Bob Novak: I started following you when I accompanied Bill Scranton, Hugh Scott, et al to San Francisco for the GOP convention in 1964. I have read your columns ever since. I am profoundly moved by your acknowledgment that even those who disagree politically can and will rally around one who is ill. I am pleased you have had this happen in your current situation.
I write to wish you the best in what will undoubtedly be a difficult fight. But as your former doctor noted, you have a pretty good record against this stuff.
Comment: #9
Posted by: Jackson Blair
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:29 PM
God Bless you, Mr. Novak. I grew up with your work and enjoyed hearing from you again.
And may God Bless the Kennedy family as well. Your story of their kindness and compassion was god to read.
Comment: #10
Posted by: Brad
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:33 PM
Mr. Novak,
My thoughts and prayers are with you for a recovery. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your columns over the years and watching you on TV. Also, at CPAC, where you repeatedly debated and got the best of Sam Donaldson. I particularly enjoyed meeting and speaking with you when you spoke at Wabash College in Indiana, where I live, a few years ago. You are truly a voice of reason, truth, common sense and intelligence on the political scene.

May God Bless you and give you peace, joy and hope for the journey ahead. And I hope we can continue to be able to read your great analysis of events in future columns. Also, please ignore the comments from the person above, as they are ignorant, wrong and incredibly disrespectful.

As a proud Corvette owner of 33 years, I understand your love of the marque and sadness at having to sell your beloved black Corvette.
Comment: #11
Posted by: Rick Miller
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:36 PM
Dear Mr. Novak,

Thank you for the update. My prayers are with you and yours also.
Comment: #12
Posted by: Rich A
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:37 PM
I look forward to reading your columns for many years more. Take care of yourself Mr. Novak. Thank God for your daughter's perserverance.and thank you to the Kennedys, the Hunts, and the Duke University doctors for all of their help. We need you at your keyboard now as much as ever.
Comment: #13
Posted by: colleen
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:38 PM
I am no fan of Mr Novak. But I will offer up prayer for you and your family.
"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. "
Comment: #14
Posted by: Charles Stearns
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:38 PM
Dear Mr Novak,
I knew immediately when I heard about your accident that something was amiss. I have read you for years and can't say how much I admire you. You will be in my prayers. I also am a Catholic and know part of our faith is accepting and even welcoming suffering that we cannot avoid. I hope you find comfort in your belief in God.
May God Bless you and keep you in his loving care.
Comment: #15
Posted by: Anita Salsedo
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:40 PM
What an interesting article on the thoughts of Mr. Novak . Bless you and enjoy what lessons you have yet to learn. Hope you can share more of them.
To Mr. Edelstein, please continue to dwell on the negative and to spew caustic drivel to make us appreciate what we have. He said his victim was unhurt, he will probably never drive again, and already sold his car. His critique never spoke of the fear or frustration of his experiences but a cold candid recollection of events and his frame of mind. His evaluation of the Wilson's reaction was not maligning. He was surprised at the support he received from many. You have no clue to his learning curve and may you never have to walk a block in his shoes.
Comment: #16
Posted by: Jan B.
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:42 PM
It is clear that Mr Edelstein understands little about the effects of a brain tumor. I am surprised that he even read Mr Novak's essay, since his dislike for the man is so evident.
I would characterize myself as very conservative, but I cherish Ted Kennedy as an almost irreplaceable senator. He is not one of those politicians whose wet finger is always out to check which way the wind of popular opinion is blowing today. I disagree with almost every statement he makes, but his voice is one that needs to be heard. I am not surprised that he has been kind to Mr Novak.
Regarding the Wilsons, they would have done themselves more credit to have withheld their comments. I am glad that Mr Novak brought them to our attention.
And I am delighted that Mr Novak continues to work at his typewriter. His columns are always interesting.
Comment: #17
Posted by: John
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:42 PM
Dear Mr. Novak,
My wife and I once sat at the table next to you and your friends at a little -- what was it? Brazilian? Italian? I don't know, they served fried plantain -- restaurant near the corner of 8th and D streets. As I watched you, I kept wondering how it was that I could so admire your style while being so bewildered by your message. You intrigued me.
After reading the brave and honest column you have written here, I would just like to say that I now understand that you are a fine and rare man of extraordinary insight, sharp wit and great humanity. It's funny how a few true words from the heart can change so much. But then you've always known that.
I am a journalist myself, and as I sit in Moscow trying to make sense of the events unfolding in this part of the world I wish you only the best in yours. May you carry on with your life's work soon, in the knowledge that even your so-called ideological adversaries need, and therefore cherish, you voice more than you may have suspected.
Be well. Chris.
Comment: #18
Posted by: Chris
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:44 PM
What a very touching column. This should be required reading for all who are interested in politics.
Comment: #19
Posted by: Jim Milton
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:44 PM
Mr. Novak revealed in a column what much of Washington already knew about Valerie Plame. One only had to observe her vehicle being parked at CIA offices in Langley to know what was obvious. I am not a huge fan of Mr. Novak. I share common political ground with him about half the time. Every one of us has his own personal journey and opportunity to deal with life and death issues. It is condescending to lecture a critically ill man about what lessons he SHOULD have learned from his experience. The mighty and the meek all end up in the same place, eventually. Mr. Novak will come to a reckoning the same as all of us. I would encourage you to either be content to wish him the best, healthwise, or just don't say anything at all.
Comment: #20
Posted by: Ross
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:47 PM
You have my prayers , Mr. Novak. I do appreciate Ted Kennedy's love for his "enemy." May Jesus, our Savior, grant him and you complete healing- and turn him conservative!
Comment: #21
Posted by: Richard Jarzynka
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:48 PM
It would be beneath me to wish a horrific death on the Plames, characterized by festering postules. Bad people generally dont die painfully. A great curiousity of our existence.

I think Mr. Novak is in a better position to characterize the situation, both with the Plames and with the infamous "Joe" and his champion, some Washington lawyer hack, since he was there, Mr. Edelstein, and he didnt mention seeing you.

Only pansy liberal to attack the column of a man who writes in the shadow of a brain tumor. Whats your excuse, Mr. Edelstein?
Comment: #22
Posted by: Bob
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:51 PM
Bob and I share a few things: We were born on the same day of the month, we both like corvettes, and we both converted to Catholicism. I have admired Mr Novak's writing for quite some time and he is an icon in political commentary. All I can say is godspeed to quick and full recovery and I hope to be reading his byline for a long time.

Comment: #23
Posted by: Jim Lagnese
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:56 PM
God bless you Bob! You are in my prayers. I truly believe God has not finished using you. I trust we will not only be able to enjoy your professional writings far into the future, but we will also be able to enjoy your testimony as your God guides you through you life by your faith. I hope you will consider sharing your futher experiences.
Comment: #24
Posted by: Chris
Fri Sep 5, 2008 1:57 PM
In April of 2001 Novak nearly ran me down at the intersection of Mass Ave and 3rd St NE. The only reason I did not wind up under the same black corvette is that I jumped out of the way. Novak was making a left hand turn onto Mass Ave during a red light. So the brain tumor excuse, while it may have been a contributing factor in that incident, does not negate the fact that Novak is a dangerous driver. I will never forget the angry look on his face as he wizzed past my legs.

Sorry about the brain tumor, no one deserves that but you are a horses ass, only concerned about yourself and your money and I am glad to see you slip away at last.
Comment: #25
Posted by: Tony
Fri Sep 5, 2008 2:00 PM
Dear Mr. Novak - ANYONE reading your column can emphasize with your sympathy and connection with ALL concerned, but the temptation to become maudlin can destroy the story of your recent life and your road to recovery. I am an admirer of your crisp restrained writing and have been since we young conservative Republicans read and discussed your columns at length and with gratitude, for you were truly a voice crying in the wilderness in those days. Young people today cannot imagine the conservative/liberal imbalance in the media as it was then!
My mother had just such a brain tumor as you describe - went as a delegate to the Republican convention in Detroit, and then at home fell ill with "flu" which turned out to be the tumor. It was removed but in those days post-surgical treatment was not so advanced, so she lived only 13 months, but rejoiced in Reagan's election.
And one more thing - I as a three time cancer survivor became a Catholic in 2004, and I have never been happier. I am on my way home at last! And needless to say, my prayers have always been with you - ever since I first learned of your illness. We will all meet on the 'other side' and have a wonderful reunion - just not yet!
Comment: #26
Posted by: Jamie Shafer
Fri Sep 5, 2008 2:01 PM
God Bless you sir. I hope your path is long , straight and filled with the love of your family and your fans and please forgive those who are so crude to say hateful things at this time.
Most of us will walk a path with illness someday and I will take heed of your story and remember you as a good and decent man.
Hope you can another Vette soon.
Comment: #27
Posted by: BigArch
Fri Sep 5, 2008 2:05 PM
Ah, you have to take the Plame comment in the spirit in which it was given - you were at best another dupe in the Cheney effort to smear them and anyone who disagreed with his point of view... In a way they were right. When you (a) run people down and (b) are not aware of it, it should not take over half a week to realize that you are unfit to drive a leathal weapon; but obviously bouts of confusion and contrariness were part of the symptoms.
However, I too believe in a (mythical?) time in Washington before Rove, Gingrich, Lewinsky and gratutitous "Hillary's a b***h" insults. We all get old and have our infirmities, hopefully minor and curable. Nobody should really mean "I hope you drop dead". May you recover enough to get your license back, may you have many more happy and (relatively) healthy years. If some lady in Arles can live until age 120 just to torment the people who bought her apartment, why can't we all? Good luck to you, sir!
Comment: #28
Posted by: MED
Fri Sep 5, 2008 2:10 PM
This is gratifying news. It's not often a hero is struck down like this, and even less often he gets back up to fight again.
Bless you Bob Novak.
Comment: #29
Posted by: Roger Snowden
Fri Sep 5, 2008 2:13 PM
Re: Michael Edelstein
Joe and Valerie Wilson brought their infamy on themselves, with the help of Valerie's CIA employers.

History will judge them, and harshly.

Novak reported what happened to him rather factually, just as he analyzes politics.
Comment: #30
Posted by: Roger Snowden
Fri Sep 5, 2008 2:18 PM
Mr. Novak,
Having listened to you and read your columns over more years than I can recall, I have not always agreed with your viewpoints. but I have found you to be articulate and your opinions refreshing. It is unfortunate that we some-times have to be confronted with life threatening changes to obtain different perspectives about life. I, too, have never been overly fond of Senator Kennedy, dating back to the sixties. However, upon hearing of his medical problems, I have found compassion for him and his family. I hope that those who have disagreed with you in the past can put aside their personal/professional feelings and do the same for you and your family. We are not landlords of this planet; merely temporary tenants. All of us should strive to become better tenants. A good referral to our next abode is highly recommended. God bless you, sir. Be Well. Respectfully, Curt Skogsbergh
Comment: #31
Posted by: Curt Skogsbergh
Fri Sep 5, 2008 2:18 PM
Mr. Novak has long revelled in the wonton personal destruction of political enemies. Even now, as he faces his own accountability, he demonstrates his characteristic snide and sneering superiority to anyone who might disagree. Many have offered their prayers. I now offer mine, to paraphrase another, "God bless and keep Bob Novak. . . far away from us."
Comment: #32
Posted by: cfl
Fri Sep 5, 2008 2:21 PM
Funny how it took a brain tumor to turn Novak into an even remotely considerate guy. He's now reaping all the bad karma he's sown over the years. As for his conversion to Christianity, give me a break. It clearly didn't stop him from maligning people in his columns. Now that he has a brain tumor, I suggest he turn to Jesus for sympathy because I sure don't have any for him. Sell it somewhere else Bob.
Comment: #33
Posted by: Gordo
Fri Sep 5, 2008 2:21 PM
God Speed Mr. Novak. And we'll turn you into a "Dukie" yet.
Comment: #34
Posted by: Tom Banzet
Fri Sep 5, 2008 2:25 PM
There is a treatment that could save Robert's life which is Low dose Naltrexone.

I take it for stage 4B cancer and it has saved my life. http://www.ldn4cancer

Anyone with cancer should know about LDN.

Comment: #35
Posted by: Deidre Alejo
Fri Sep 5, 2008 2:28 PM
Best wishes during your treatment and recovery. I miss your columns and television appearances like millions of other people. Come back to us soon. You are loved.
As far as the Wilson/Plame duo are concerned, perhaps they should go back under their rock with the rest of their ilk.
Comment: #36
Posted by: Charlene
Fri Sep 5, 2008 2:38 PM
Politics aside...My son-in-law was first diagnosed at age at age 37 feeling dizzy with headaches early in the morning. After resections three times, chemo, radiation and clinical trials he passed away at age 40. He left behind my daughter 31, and twin boys 4. He was a healthy, brilliant young man with an MBA and wonderful career. It was a hard road we all traveled during this time with him. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.
Comment: #37
Posted by: clrg
Fri Sep 5, 2008 2:53 PM
Allow me to add my prayers to those of all the others. I work in the National Cancer Institute and over heard a conversation in the lunch room about 6 months ago. The researcher was talking about glioblastomas and he said about 5% of people have a gene that allows them to survive their diagnosis. I don't know who that researcher was nor do I know what gene he was refering to, in the event that you could be tested for that gene, but at least there is some scientificlly based reason to hope that you are among the 5%. Indeed. My best wishes to you for a total recovery.
Comment: #38
Posted by: Ann Orr
Fri Sep 5, 2008 2:54 PM
Real class act,always a gentleman.Good luck and God bless.
Comment: #39
Posted by: jay
Fri Sep 5, 2008 3:17 PM
When Ted Kennedy was diagnosed, I found my way to his website and did the same thing so many have done for you. Given prayers and heartfelt condolences. I also asked that they PLEASE not add me to their email as I was such a conservative. Those kind people understood and did not add me to their lists.

There are times I find your comments challenging. I told I friend that I had read your book and still wasn't sure how I felt about you (except for your spiritual conversion).

You will also have my prayers in the future. You've beaten this stuff before. God willing, and should He have no other use for you, you just bedevil everyone for another 30 years.

God bless
Comment: #40
Posted by: Pink Ambarian
Fri Sep 5, 2008 3:29 PM
Good luck Mr Novak. I look forward to reading your columns for years to come.
Comment: #41
Posted by: Ryan
Fri Sep 5, 2008 3:32 PM
We are all Americans but sometimes it takes meeting mortality to remind us. Your new wisdom wil be like fine wine we can all enjoy. Keep writing.
Another cancer survivor.
Comment: #42
Posted by: jh
Fri Sep 5, 2008 3:48 PM
If nothing else, Mr. Novak, your most recent column proves to my satisfaction something that I've suspected for a long time now: Joe and Valerie Wilson are scum. Their callousness demonstrates this beyond a reasonable doubt.

I wish you all good luck in your courageous fight.
Comment: #43
Posted by: Ed Hulse
Fri Sep 5, 2008 3:49 PM
Delighted to read of your continuous improving good health. I'm not too delighted with comments such as Mr. Edelstein's wherein he presumes that you've never taken the time to meet or address the accident with your victim. How does Mr. Edelstein know that you've not spoken or corresponded with the victim? And the selection of the infamous Vanity Fair-posing, book writing, bad acting Wilson/Plame duo for inclusion as two more of your 'victim's' should be an indication to your that your detractors are alive and well and will slice and dice you, perhaps more gently when you're ill, at every opportunity.

P.S. to Mr. Edelstein above...Mr. Novak is NOT a lost soul, but apparently you are. Reading your comment and the word 'empathy' in the same post is paradoxical. You have no empathy,
Comment: #44
Posted by: Carol Wowak
Fri Sep 5, 2008 3:49 PM
Michael Edelstein: By what tortured parsing of Mr. Novak's words in this column do you arrive at the conclusion that he "maligns" the Wilsons? I read no such affront. In fact, given the tenor of their remarks, I believe he was quite measured in his portrayal of them here. And for someone critical of Novak's "normal low-empathy approach to life," you seem to be singularly lacking in empathy yourself. One more thing: why should a man fighting for his life waste any time "pondering" the Wilsons' side? He turned them into celebrities, darlings of the left, and whatever "upheaval" in their lives his initial revelation caused, they certainly parlayed it into more than 15 minutes of fame and many thousands (if not millions) of dollars. By their cruel and callous remarks they have shown themselves to be petty and churlish. As have you.
Comment: #45
Posted by: Ed Hulse
Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:03 PM
To Mr. Novak, Stay strong and positive and keep on writing. I don't always agree with you, and that's why I keep reading.

To those that seem to take some satisfaction in Mr. Novak's recent illness because you don't agree with his writings, you should really take some time away from the political fray. Really. You need only look at the Middle East to see where that kind of thinking eventually leads.
Comment: #46
Posted by: Bryan Grayson
Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:04 PM
The fact that the hit and run was caused by a brain tumor doesn't change what happenned. It seems that sort of decision, the leniency, should be determined by a judge or a jury - not the patrolman on the scene. Of course, the fact that he was a famous member of the press had no weight in the matter, right? Good luck, Mr. Novak. It's a bad thing -- my mom had one removed while she was busy dying of another form of cancer. She made good use of the couple of months it added to her life. Use every minute.
Comment: #47
Posted by: moronpolitics
Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:09 PM
God bless you. Mr. Novak, and I will pray for your comfort and return to good health.
Comment: #48
Posted by: charlie
Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:21 PM
God bless you and your family, Mr. Novak. I am praying for a complete recovery. Keep leaning on the Lord who will never leave you nor forsake you!
Comment: #49
Posted by: Susan
Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:22 PM
Mr Novak I was very sad to hear about your cancer. I just wanted to tell you, the wife and I's hearts goes out to you and your family. I always watched when you were with cnn as we couldn't get foxnews in those days. Love it when you came over to Foxnews as well. I mostly read you here on the internet. You sir are one of the great ones and I hope you are with us many more moons.
Larry Blocker
Sula MT
Comment: #50
Posted by: Larry Blocker
Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:24 PM
Almost 20 years ago, Mr. Novak, you were a columnist for one of the first online service providers called Prodigy. This was back before ISP's and direct internet access, when such companies were responsible for their content. I was an early Prodigy subscriber and you wrote a particular column about confiscatory taxation or some such. An income tax had just been enacted in my home state of Connecticut, so I wrote you an email, commiserating with you about how politicians always seem to let us down when it comes to taxes. And you wrote me back! I was so surprised to receive a reply from a celebrity such as yourself. Ever since then I've been a fan. Your writing style is something that I've appreciated and tried to emulate although as you can tell from this post I will never come close. You, sir, can write. Thank you for your contribution to journalism, and thank you for that email. I wish you all the best.
Comment: #51
Posted by: Steve S.
Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:25 PM
Mr. Novak, I have to say I disagree with you on practically every political issue. But I think you are a fair and honorable observer of the disarray that is Washington D.C., which is probably why you are finding support from the Ted Kennedy and Al Hunt's of the world. I hope you recover quickly and get back to work.
Comment: #52
Posted by: Randy P.
Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:30 PM
Dear Mr. Novak,
After I read the Prince of Darkness, I have become an ardent fan. While in a different generation, I appreciated the first hand historical accounts of political races and issues through the decades. However, I was most touched by the story of your conversion to Catholicism. I will keep you in my prayers. God bless you. Keep the faith. Gabrielle
Comment: #53
Posted by: Gabrielle
Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:38 PM
Here's to a tough, gutsy fellow Middle Westerner whose writing I've admired for decades. Best wishes for your recovery and may we read your columns for years to come.
Comment: #54
Posted by: J.W. Thompson M.D.
Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:39 PM
Mr. Edelstein...your comments are not very empathetic. Mr. Novak, our prayers are with you. My husband has prostate cancer. With wonderful care and an outstanding oncologist we are hopeful. The cancer is not in the prostate now due to intense radiotion, but two lymph nodes were affected that cannot be removed because of the fact thay are right next to his pelvic bones. His oncologist has him on one of the fabulous new medicines. He also told him exercise, proper diet, a good attitude were very important. It has been 4 years and he still plays tennis 3 times a week and looks and feels great, thank the Lord. We will remember you in our prayers and am so glad you can still write a column.
Comment: #55
Posted by: suzanne
Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:44 PM
Mr. Novak the Tug McGraw Foundation wishes you a speedy recovery!

Ya Gotta Believe!
Comment: #56
Posted by: Tug McGraw Foundation
Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:46 PM
Mr. Novak, I am glad of your improving health, and wish you the best of a full recovery.
That being said, it's almost sad to hear that you have found out only now what so many other people have known for so long.
Most of us are decent human beings.
That, no matter what our race, our political party, our personal faith - that we genuinely feel for and hope that the other guy comes out of it OK.
And that mutual respect and support of those we both agree and disagree with - is what makes us human.
Comment: #57
Posted by: Rick Carlton
Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:47 PM
I'm so glad to see your byline again, having enjoyed your columns since I had the pleasure of working with you and Rowland Evans while I was at the Field Newspaper Syndicate in Chicago in the 1970s. Loved those long lead sentences; even more enjoyed the excitement of often being the first to read the Evans and Novak column as it came in on the old Telex machine.

You've got to hang in there for a while...this is the year of the Cubs!
Comment: #58
Posted by: Ray P
Fri Sep 5, 2008 4:52 PM
Thank you for your story. My wife was diagnosed two and a half years ago with a grade III/IV brain tumor. She is alive and well today with no signs of cancer after two surgeries the second in Seattle, Wa at the UW medical center. Our faith has also been the key in getting us through one of the most difficult times you can face in a marriage. Our two little girls were 5 and 3 when mommy was diagnosed. We live each day knowing it is blessing to be a family and even though we still face challenges we know that God has a plan to use this for his purposes. So, when you say that God is not done with you I believe you and know that listening to Him he will show you what you are to do with your story to help others. May God continue to bless and watch over your family
Comment: #59
Posted by: Dan
Fri Sep 5, 2008 5:04 PM
I will remember you in my prayers every day at Mass. Miracles happen many times
and with faith you just never know.Stay strong and get well- never give up your typewriter- is it a typewriter or a computer? I hope it's a typewriter ciao
Comment: #60
Posted by: Pat Kennedy
Fri Sep 5, 2008 5:06 PM
Dear Mr. Novak, I just read your letter which appeared on Drudge. I too am from Manchester by the Sea and I'm so glad you listened to your daughter whilst here! I will ad you to my prayers. Remember, you being so positive is wonderful - but remember that you are allowed bad days too - that feeling this way isn't required 24/7 and will not your course of Cancer. God bless you. I love your columns. Keep writing, please!
Comment: #61
Posted by: Heidi Barclay
Fri Sep 5, 2008 5:18 PM
Wishing you and Senator Kennedy my best. My prayers for both of you and your families.
Comment: #62
Posted by: Merylee Golden
Fri Sep 5, 2008 5:27 PM
Mr. Novak,
God bless you and your family as you face this battle. This type of life and death struggle usually bring out the best in people, well most people. Thank you for sharing your story. I believe the strength and vulnerablity of it will strengthen others. A short time ago I read a sign, author unknown, which said: 'Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. . . it is about learning to dance in the rain.' May you dance joyfully and be a peace. God Bless you.
Lynn in Phoenix
Comment: #63
Posted by: Lynn Larsen
Fri Sep 5, 2008 5:33 PM
Good luck Bob, I have the same cancer you do, a GBM, I have had it over a year, see my website: www, for plenty of details.
Also, have a look at the LIVESTRONG site. It is an outward expression of what comes from within. It gives a public face to an oftentimes lonely and private fight, and confers upon survivors the requisite respect they deserve. Have a look at
Comment: #64
Posted by: Ross Abrams
Fri Sep 5, 2008 5:41 PM
As a long time reader and admirer of your journalistic work, I selfishly hope there will be many, many more columns of yours to read.
God bless you and your family through this difficult time.
Comment: #65
Posted by: Vivienne
Fri Sep 5, 2008 5:47 PM
While I have never agreed with Mr. Novak's politics and would not have thought we would have much in common, it now seems we do. Cancer. I got past mine and I know that Mr. Novak is cranky enough to beat the hell out of his. I wish him nothing but the very best and look forward to being annoyed by his columns for many years to come.
Comment: #66
Posted by: Richard Ungar
Fri Sep 5, 2008 5:50 PM
As for with Wilsons he shouldn't have given them the time of day. They are democrat hacks. Their whole bogus story can be laid at the feet of Richard Armitage. End of story.
Comment: #67
Posted by: kmne68
Fri Sep 5, 2008 5:51 PM
Novak-i-o, I've been a fan of yours since I started watching the McLaughlin Group in the mid-80s. This article is a touching account of what someone goes through when an ordinarily strong person has to rely on others to assist them, to push them to seek treatment, and ultimately, when that strong person is shown love and real concern by both friends and "enemies".

Good luck on your future treatment, and I hope you're able to continue to write....this is a hell of a presidential campaign for you to write about!!!
Comment: #68
Posted by: Rocker
Fri Sep 5, 2008 5:57 PM
Dear Mr. Novak, good luck to you, sir. I cringe at the bad-wishers on this post - I can't believe people can be so malicious and so unashamed about it.
Comment: #69
Posted by: bb
Fri Sep 5, 2008 6:03 PM
Mr. Novak, I am just your average citizen that wishes you all the best. Illness and disease changes the dynamics of one's life in the twinkling of an eye. Each day is a blessing. God gives us mornings because it starts out each day with a completely clean slate. Enjoy your sunrises. God Bless you.....
Comment: #70
Posted by: patty steele
Fri Sep 5, 2008 6:30 PM
Tough Stuff but with Grace the future is bearable.
You're not a sideshow or a news item, you are a friend, unacquainted but a friend
inasmuch as we're all wired together. I am not blessed with the skills of writing,
instead have the ability to enjoy what others write and think regardless whether I agree. Best to you and your family, it is the real stuff of life.
Comment: #71
Posted by: John Angst
Fri Sep 5, 2008 7:11 PM
You have in my thoughts & prayers & I am glad you were put in touch with a gifted surgeon. It does make a difference. I have had recurring brain tumors (benign) for 10 yrs. I was finally referred to Dr William Friedman, Neurosurgeon at Shands Hospital, Gainesville, Fl in 2001. He preformed surgery & radiation and have tumor free since April 2007. Also learned last Thanksgiving that one of my sons had a grade II Glioma, had surgery & followup MRIs have been tumor free. I tell you this because there is HOPE, and with love and prayers you have a good chance of recovery.God Bless, Sandy Low
Comment: #72
Posted by: Sandra Low
Fri Sep 5, 2008 7:14 PM
How funny that you're surprised and touched by the compassion of the Kennedy's - the Democrats that you've smeared and scored. I, of course, and not surprised, by their concern and willingness to assist you. Thank you for your clear illustration of the difference between conservatives and liberals. I wish you ittle suffering from your terrible disease.
Comment: #73
Posted by: Oculata Certitudine
Fri Sep 5, 2008 7:24 PM
God Bless you, Mr. Novak. May you walk with the Christ all of your days... cling to his garments, reduce thyself, and let the Holy Spirit guide you across the bridge, through the narrow gate, and into the perpetual light of Grace. Love to you and your family. What a gift to receive this opportunity to reflect and to prepare. God Bless.

Matt Collins Family
New Berlin, WI
Comment: #74
Posted by: Matt Collins Family
Fri Sep 5, 2008 7:37 PM
Mr. Novak: I always enjoy listening to you and reading your columns. Thank God for the 1st amendment, and for those like you courageous enough to speak what they think and believe, not just what is "conventional" or "mainstream." Remember, some thought the sun revolved around the earth, and others believed the earth was flat. Hurrah for brave thinkers who question the status quo and are willing to stand for principle. My best wishes to you and your family. An oncology nurse
Comment: #75
Posted by: J
Fri Sep 5, 2008 7:45 PM
Mr. Novak is a big stupid liberal dummy, but one of the few stupid liberal dummies that I respect. His role in the insufferable Wilson/Plame drama was unfortunate, his obituary will undoubtedly overly emphasize these stupid clowns rather than his exemplary achievements over his lifetime. He, James Carville and the recently deceased potato head Tim Russert are deserving of my ridicule, but worthy of my respect. He will most surely get his condo in heaven where he can blog on God's internet for eternity. Thank you for years of entertainment and liberal insight you big dummy, I will miss you.
Comment: #76
Posted by: oldswimmer
Fri Sep 5, 2008 7:55 PM
I have watched you on CNN and read your columns for years. I am glad that your faith is helping you get through this period. I pray for you and your family. Stay strong and keep the columns coming.
Comment: #77
Posted by: Daniel
Fri Sep 5, 2008 8:03 PM
Thankfully the bicycle rider was not hurt. Bob Novak is in the fight of his life as is Sen Kennedy. Politics takes a back seat now. Bob's courage in this fight comes from one source and one source only in my opinion. Jesus Christ.

Bob, if you are reading this, let me first thank you for your courageous message. You are showing great courage in this fight for life as did Pope John Paul II. I know you know this so I am not telling you something you don't know and believe, but it should be said given this life and death struggle you find yourself in now: Christ paid the price for us on Calgary. No matter the outcome with your fight here against this cancer, your sacred faith in Christ will pull you through your darkest hours. Life in Christ is immune to this scourge. You have been given the gift of eternity through His suffering and Grace. I know you have lost your sight in your battle, but I hope you never lose sight of your faith.

Fight on, brother, fight on. I pray that you get your health back.

Oh, yeah, just one political note. Sarah Palin is a star and BO (and Hillary for that matter) is in trouble. His/Their presidential aspirations just got dimmed by this pit bull with lipstick. She just bagged this election for the maverick. The liberal media knows this and hate her for it. The Rs have the star, not the Ds. Take that liberalies!
Comment: #78
Posted by: paul kline
Fri Sep 5, 2008 8:04 PM
Mr. Novak:
I have appreciated your columns only in the last few years. Since beginning your columns, I have been a fairly avid reader. I was surprised and somewhat dismayed to hear of your misfortune. My thoughts and prayers go with you. I hope you have some degree of enjoyment at this time. You have presented interesting stories for so many of us to read. My prayers are with you now and tomorrow and on. God be with you forever.
Comment: #79
Posted by: Benjamin Stahr
Fri Sep 5, 2008 8:10 PM
Tonight, I got a call from the wife of a physician who was cured of his Grade 4 brain tumor 45 years ago.
She called me because all three major TV networks were simultaneously broadcasting an American Cancer Society fundraiser. She wanted me to call in to tell her husband's story. (She asked me to do this since I'm the author of "The Doctor Who Cures Cancer.")
Mrs. Fishbein didn't realize that the show was solely to raise funds, not to reveal existing cures.
When enough people find out about this story, there will be some changes made.
The best to you.
Kelley Eidem
Comment: #80
Posted by: Kelley Eidem
Fri Sep 5, 2008 8:12 PM
Dear Robert' (if I may be so bold to calll you by your first name,, Mr Novak.
Amaxing isn't it how we touch people's lives who we have never met. You stimulate much thought and consternation since you defy conventional wisdom...
Feel the love, compassin, and prayers.
Anyone who believes in a God, be they Jewish,Catholic or Protestant, and yes most muslims believe in a benevolent God. It is we who distort our creator.
For what it is worth I have enhoyed your acerbic commentary. Where would we be without Robert Novak and Bill O'Reillyy???
Do not count yourself out yet....get back into it...even if you need a wheel chair or close to your ' out for 'your friends"
You are in our prayers
Gary and Sharon Levin
Riverside California
Comment: #81
Posted by: Gary Levin MD
Fri Sep 5, 2008 8:14 PM
God bless you Bob Novak. I love you and pray God's healing for you.
Comment: #82
Posted by: Liza
Fri Sep 5, 2008 8:53 PM
I have read Mr. Novak's columns for four decades and didn't agree with one of them. But this one, I like.
Comment: #83
Posted by: Jim
Fri Sep 5, 2008 8:55 PM
Mr. Novak, your comments about the illness generate a chain letter! But that's part of the so-called "communion of saints," I suppose. How can we not pray for you in this challenge. But we remember in this year of St Paul: Omnium in bonum! ... All working for the good of those who love Christ. Fr. Jerry Jung, Berkeley, CA
Comment: #84
Posted by: Fr. Jerome Jung
Fri Sep 5, 2008 9:02 PM
God bless you Mr. Novak. We're pulling for you up here in New England.
Comment: #85
Posted by: drewinmass
Fri Sep 5, 2008 9:19 PM
Tony, (#23)

May I only dream that someone in your life also wishes you a speedy demise. You are a pathetic excuse for a human being.
Comment: #86
Posted by: DeeInHouston
Fri Sep 5, 2008 9:30 PM
Bob, God bless you and heal you. I am a cancer surviver so it does happen. Pray to Saint Perrigrin. Good luck, Bill117
Comment: #87
Posted by: bill117
Fri Sep 5, 2008 9:40 PM
My families prayers are with you. May God bless you, your family, and your recovery. Know that the strength to fight all battles comes through Jesus Christ and his ability to help us weather the storms. Knowing him is the only way I have made it through the trials of watching my family members struggle with this awful disease.
Comment: #88
Posted by: Paul Moyer
Fri Sep 5, 2008 9:50 PM
I am 77 and have admired Evans & Novak for many years. You and your family are in our prayers. Don't we live in greatest Country on Earth?
Comment: #89
Posted by: Robert Berger Lynch
Fri Sep 5, 2008 9:56 PM
"All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely Players."
That being the case... the part of Robert Novak is being played by an immortal, powerful, sinless!
Comment: #90
Posted by: Martin Sullivan
Fri Sep 5, 2008 10:20 PM
Mr. Novak,
Thank you sir for sharing your testimony during the most trying time of your life. Your article reminds me that even though many of us disagree with one another on political opinions and religious beliefs we are all brothers and sisters same family of Humanity.
Mr. Novak, your character and positive outlook during your illness is a source of encouragement to me. Your life through your battles in this personal trying hour helps me as an American to realize that many of my complaints are petty and insignificant. You are helping me to understand that I have so much to be thankful far. You have helped me to put my own personal struggles in their proper perspective and to realize that my blessings in life far out weigh the things I complain about.
I wish that you were not ill. I would rather have you be in perfect health. But I know too that God orders the steps of his children. And you are walking His path with dignity and setting the example of courage all along the way.
I will be praying for you.
God bless you sir and your family. You have many friends that you have never met. But they are still friends who care for you and send their best wishes to you and sincere prayers for you to God.
Your friend and brother in humanity,
Rev. Dane Eidson, President/CEO
Because Of Calvary, Inc
Comment: #91
Posted by: Dane Eidson
Fri Sep 5, 2008 10:23 PM
Re: Robert Berger Lynch
Mr. Novak you are a great American and an inspiration to all. God bless you and thank you for continuing your column. Stay strong, fight on, and never surrender! dave b
Comment: #92
Posted by: Dave
Fri Sep 5, 2008 10:37 PM
Mr. Novak you are a great American and an inspiration to all. GOd bless you and your family. Stay strong, fight on, and never give up hope! You will make it through this and all of us will be the better. Keep the column going and stay the course.
Comment: #93
Posted by: Dave
Fri Sep 5, 2008 10:41 PM
I too am 77 and find life is so wonderful, we should all keep that in mind when some one is ill.
My prayers are with anyone that is ill.
Comment: #94
Posted by: Bill
Fri Sep 5, 2008 10:42 PM
God Bless You, Bob. It is a pleasure to read your thoughts again.
Hang in there.
Never give up.
Get up every day ready to fight.
From another cancer survivor (3yrs and counting/blessing every day).
Jim Hayes
Comment: #95
Posted by: Jim in SE Texas
Fri Sep 5, 2008 10:46 PM
The Wilsons only show what small people they are.

All the best.
Comment: #96
Posted by: Brain
Fri Sep 5, 2008 11:44 PM
God bless you Mr. Novak. Remember, with God there is no impossible. Get well, your voice and your typing would be too greatly missed!
Hang in there!
God bless you and your family
Comment: #97
Posted by: Dianna
Sat Sep 6, 2008 12:22 AM
Mr. Novak, May God bless you and keep you in the very palm of His loving hand! My thoughts and prayers are with you. In the long run, political differences don't matter. What matters is the love of God, the love of family and the love others. Through the testimony of your column, I can see you have what matters!
Comment: #98
Posted by: Jane Sterling
Sat Sep 6, 2008 10:46 AM
God Bless you Bob. I have always appreciated you and I respect you.
If we ever meet, you will be meeting a friend.
Get well and my best wishes to you and your family. -- Joe Quinn, NYC
Comment: #99
Posted by: Joe Quinn
Sat Sep 6, 2008 11:12 AM
Adversity of others many times reveals the class of even our ideological enemies. In one case, the class and caring of a Senator Kennedy. In the other, the low down ethics and ego of the Plame-Wilsons. Maybe it will open some eyes.

All the best to you, Bob. You are truly an institution I have followed closely in my adult life.
Comment: #100
Posted by: CT
Sat Sep 6, 2008 11:31 AM
Dear Mr. Novak,

I too am suffering from similar health problems and really appreciate your choice to get back to life and write your column.
I hope you look into TOMA therapy. There is a fantastic doctor in Shreveport Louisiana who is literally making miraceles happen for his patients. I have rarely agreed with your opinion but respect and admire your strengths nonetheless. Your insight is legendary and you have time to tell the truth like no one else. If you are interested in learning about TOMA therapy and the name of the doctor please contact me at my personal email address.

Comment: #101
Posted by: Kermit
Sat Sep 6, 2008 11:43 AM
I have always enjoyed reading your works and I look forward to many more years of it. Your experience shows that those who have different political opinions can still be great friends. About 20 years ago, I accidently ran into Ted Kennedy while visiting the capital (Actually, I bumped into him quite hard). While I disagree with his politics, I found out then that he is a very nice person .....
Comment: #102
Posted by: Glenn Strickler
Sat Sep 6, 2008 11:49 AM
Thank you, Bob Novak,
My favorite moment in TV politics was on Crossfire. Before a Bush/Gore debate, Bill Press said, "Bob, all Al Gore has to do, is be Al Gore." To which you said, "He is Al Gore." You had to fight your own laughter. I didn't. When I think of you, I think of an authentic journalist and man. See you on the other side. GeneN.
Comment: #103
Posted by: gene nouhan
Sat Sep 6, 2008 11:53 AM
Dear Mr. Novak,
I am a liberal cancer survivor and, although I rarely agree with you on a political level, I certainly will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Tragedy and illness do not differentiate based on political leanings. Hence, the Kennedy's respectful treatment of you. There will always be those who wish the worst for others (e.g., I read a post on the rant and rave section of craigslist in which the author indicated that Sen. Kennedy was getting what he deserved). Obviously, that person and those who posting such negative comments about you, have never suffered from cancer.
Good luck with your treatment and God's speed to you.
Comment: #104
Posted by: JTA
Sat Sep 6, 2008 12:02 PM
Mr. Novak, All the best to you and your family, including my prayers.It is great to see yuo writing again. Iam a fan and have great faith that our God is also. Get Well Soon!
Comment: #105
Posted by: Doug Roden
Sat Sep 6, 2008 12:18 PM
Mrf. Novak,

I pray that the Lord God grant you HIS Grace and Mercy.

James Boatwright
Comment: #106
Posted by: James
Sat Sep 6, 2008 12:31 PM
Mrf. Novak,

I pray that the Lord God grant you HIS Grace and Mercy.

James Boatwright
Comment: #107
Posted by: James
Sat Sep 6, 2008 12:31 PM
I want to send you my very best thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know that you are loved by many and as you are recuperating, hold onto your faith and remember that you are in God's hands.
Take good care !
Comment: #108
Posted by: Kathy
Sat Sep 6, 2008 12:33 PM
It is so good to see you post again! Keep writing...keep working....we need you!!! The conservatives owe you a debt of gratitude.....and we wish you the very best as you go through your treatment. I hope the excitement from the conservative base this past week translate to excitement in your days as well. God is good, His mercy never fails. All the best, One of you many Ohio fans
Comment: #109
Posted by: Sharon
Sat Sep 6, 2008 12:37 PM
Mr. Novak: I had almost forgotten about "86" and "99" better known to the world as the Wilsons. trying to remain relavent in politics and our hearts; I just laugh at them, as I did Don Adams and his able assistant on Get Smart. Good luck and consider the source of anyone that tries to make you look like someone other than who you have been and will always be: a top-notch writer and political analyst of the first nature. The only thing I ever disagreed with you on was your non-support of GWB on the Iraq War. He had 17 resoultions, several "calls" from Congress for "do something" and after 9/11, we as a nation had to start somewhere, to rid the world of these morons. He did tell Sadaam to leave and to take his two idiot/killer kids with him, and the rest is history. Had we not done so, we would, indeed, be in worst shape today...believe that to be true. Cancer is tough, but we all have to face the end, sooner or later, but the fight never ends until you say "it's over, I'm ready." Good luck, and God be with you.
Comment: #110
Posted by: charles t. sherwin
Sat Sep 6, 2008 1:35 PM
Hey Bob, great guns afire..great update on your situation. I have been wondering your condition..glad you mentioned the two biggest idiots in Washington, the Wilsons, the snake of all snakes. Keep that typerwriter hot, and push out the stories, as long as you can humanly do so..miss ya..
Comment: #111
Posted by: Larry T. Doughty
Sat Sep 6, 2008 1:43 PM
From a fellow cancer patient I wish you hope, humor and many years of happiness. Blogging was one of the best ways for me to deal with my cancer. I didn't care if I had one reader or a million, it was therapeutic putting the words down.
Bless you Mr. Novak.
Comment: #112
Posted by: Noni
Sat Sep 6, 2008 1:52 PM
Dear Mr. Novak,

I was extremely touched by your column. Your simple narrative on the compassion shown by those who disagreed with you in the past ,lifted my spirit tremendously in light of the rancor that exuded from the Republican convention that just concluded. My only wish is that your column is read widely by both democrats and republicans ,and that they take away from it our common humanity. I end with this simple prayer for you which is adpated from my buddhist liturgy:

May God's light shower and shine upon you at this primal hour
May negative stars recede, and blissful stars arrive
May the nine auspicious stars in heaven
grant you long life, and may your destinity from this point onwards be one of peace, serenty and everlasting health.

All the very best
Comment: #113
Posted by: Elaine
Sat Sep 6, 2008 2:16 PM
You know, Mr. Novak - I posted yesterday wishing you well - and I still very much do.
But - something seemed strange about the comment you cited that Mr. Wilson & Ms. Plame issued... I went and did some research and realized why it seemed so "inhuman."
They didn't make their comment after hearing that you had a brain tumor. They made it immediately after hearing of the accident on the 24th July - before you had disclosed any information regarding your health.
The way your column is written suggests that they are unfeeling jerks, and Mr. Novak - I must say that I am disappointed.
As a journalist, you mixed the time lines of exchanges (Kennedy after hearing of your diagnosis and Wilson/Plame well before) - so as to suggest that the events and comments were concurrent, as opposed to weeks apart.
And here we have people coming out of the woodwork to attack Mr. WIlson & Ms. Plame for their lack of humanity - when really - we know nothing of the sort.
Comment: #114
Posted by: Rick Carlton
Sat Sep 6, 2008 2:42 PM
Mr Novak, you are ten times the people the Wilson.s are. You are a great American and don't forget it. I am a Republican but have not always agreed with you but I have always had an respect for you. I have all the confidence in the world that you will survive this bump in the road. God Bless
Comment: #115
Posted by: Nancy
Sat Sep 6, 2008 2:44 PM
Did anyone notice in the Washington Post today that they left out the remark about the Wilsons in Mr Novaks column. How interesting!!
Comment: #116
Posted by: Bob B
Sat Sep 6, 2008 3:22 PM
Mr. Novak:
By your example, you lead! There are far too many people today that do not realize the value of simply being an American. America is full of compassion, love, and the presence of mind to do the right thing.
Leadership begins and ends with each of us.
Thank you for your leadership. Through your efforts, you provide a much valued service to this country through everything you do, including using the most powerful weapon in your arsenal: your typewriter!
Godspeed for your healing and a healthy future to you. We need leaders like you, so just forge ahead through whatever is thrown at you and by all means, keep wriiting.
Comment: #117
Posted by: Cristi
Sat Sep 6, 2008 3:49 PM
I think this article should remind all of us that regardless of our beliefs, we are all human and that great compassion and understanding knows no party or political affiliation. God Bless you, Mr. Novak. Thank you for your heartfelt account... I hope it brings others a sense of peace as well to know that compassion does still exist in DC.

Oh, and I know of quite a few people that would be upset if your typewriter was taken away.... myself included...
Comment: #118
Posted by: Sandy
Sat Sep 6, 2008 3:57 PM
Mr Novak, Thank you for sharing this part of your life journey. Keep fighting. You have many people out here praying and pulling for you , including me.
Comment: #119
Posted by: Purse Stuff
Sat Sep 6, 2008 4:02 PM
My 27 year old nephew was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer, mestasized to his liver. He has no insurance. The hospital that discovered it at the emergency room admitted him and are taking good care of him, however his prognosis is grim. He does not appear to be responding to the first round of chemo and he has jaundice and tremendous swelling in his legs.

Although I do not begrudge those who have access to excellent health care and elitist connections, it sure is a pity for the rest of us.

Warmest regards, Mr Novak.
Comment: #120
Posted by: Sandra Hausaman
Sat Sep 6, 2008 4:05 PM
Thank you for taking the time to write this article.
Comment: #121
Posted by: Shane
Sat Sep 6, 2008 4:42 PM
Dear Mr. Novak, I just read your letter which appeared on Drudge. I too am from Manchester by the Sea and I'm so glad you listened to your daughter whilst here! I will ad you to my prayers. Remember, you being so positive is wonderful - but remember that you are allowed bad days too - that feeling this way isn't required 24/7 and will not alter your course of Cancer. God bless you. I love your columns. Keep writing, please!
Comment: #122
Posted by: Heidi Barclay
Sat Sep 6, 2008 4:45 PM
Thanks for sharing your story.
Blessings and prayers
Comment: #123
Posted by: H. Sollennerger
Sat Sep 6, 2008 5:24 PM
i hope mr. novak a quick recovery. just wish he would have left the wilsons out of it, they made the comment after the accident and not after finding out he had a brain tumor. i also hope that the extra time God has blessed him with gives him the chance to come to peace with some of the mistakes he's made...including the wilson incident
Comment: #124
Posted by: the guy
Sat Sep 6, 2008 6:32 PM
Mr. Novak, I have been reading your work and watching you on television since I first became aware of politics (which would be sometime in the late 80's for me). I usually disagree with what you have to say, but I have always respected your reasoning and expressiveness. I wish you a speedy recovery and I look forward to your coverage of this next presidency, whatever that will be.
Comment: #125
Posted by: Jeremy
Sat Sep 6, 2008 7:23 PM
As Mark Twain once said, rumors of my passing are exaggerated. Obviously, the announcement Mr. Novak made that he was ending his career as a pundit was likewise exaggerated.

I'm so happy the old typewriter will again be tapping out commentary. The world is richer for this delightful surprise!
Comment: #126
Posted by: Robert
Sat Sep 6, 2008 8:12 PM
I have been a fan for many, many years.
I'm happy that your adversaries have shown some Christian love. However I'm sure you have noticed that it is exactely those folks who seem to show up first during bad or tradgic may have something to do with our no longer being a threat, or perhaps, to be more Clintonian, what a small price for some really positive praise and press. Hell,it costs nothing.. for a great return.
But seriously I'm truly very sorry to hear that you are sick. You have been a very consistent and loyal conservative
voice upon whom many turned to for information, including myself. I honestly don't believe I could or would have forgiver Al Hunt or Shields for that matter. Both of them played the game that their position HAD to be correct vs.'anyone could see they were smarter. They played that act for years which I'm sure you know....Margret too but less so. And all they had week arter week were the illogicl left and Dem talking points!!!
I wish you the best. I know you will fight, which is what this takes you know.

Warmest regards
Sam Russo,MD

Don't send me your book, I have read it.
Comment: #127
Posted by: Sam Russo
Sat Sep 6, 2008 8:19 PM
Mr. Novak: I was extraordinarily touched by your words. You have mentioned Ted Kennedy. Going back to Chappaquiddick, I believed I despised the man. Yet, when I first read about his cancer, I found myself sitting with tears in my eyes. I, like many who have noted the same action here, sent a communication of my heartfelt best wishes to the website that was set up for that purpose. His speech to the Democratic convention was the one part of it that I watched, and I watch Ted Kennedy the man speak, not Ted Kennedy the monster I had created in my own mind.

As you can tell, I am a person with views far closer to yours than to Senator Kennedy's. Over the years, though (and I remember reading your commentaries starting in the 1960s with Rowland Evans), I haven't agreed with everything you have said. You many times seemed harsh and judgmental. I found myself listening to other conservative voices I felt were less strident, or softer in tone.

I think your thoughts, though, have brought me to an epiphany. Regardless of the unfortunate events of 1969, once Ted Kennedy reached the senate, he acted based on principle. They may, to me, have been the wrong principles, but Senator Kennedy stands today for me as a man of principle, and above so many others who lack them. You too are a man of principle- holding a constant vision of what you beleived and thought was right. Both of you will long be remembered in our country's political history- and long after people like the Plames, whose 15 minutes of fame was about 14 minutes too long, are completely forgotten.

Thank you, Robert Novak, for your life and your work.

David Edgren
Wasilla, Alaska

Comment: #128
Posted by: David Edgren
Sat Sep 6, 2008 8:39 PM
Thank you for sharing your experience. It is a very personal matter and I know it is hard to share, but it usually helps to talk and express your feelings. Although you may lose some things you love, driving your corvette, you will find others that will fill the void and I know you already know that life is full of so many things to love.

I had a brain tumor removed in 2001, same size as yours. I was blessed with mine being non-cancerous, but I lost my inner ear/hearing on my left side. Subsequently, I have no longer been able to pursue my passion of flying airplanes. I felt the same loss of something I loved to do, but at the same time I feel so lucky to be a survivor. I gained so much more than I lost.

I will keep you in my prayers! May God bless you and your family!
Comment: #129
Posted by: sherry
Sat Sep 6, 2008 9:06 PM
Thanks for staying in touch Bob, I miss you and a whole lot of others miss your company as well. Get well soon! God bless.
Comment: #130
Posted by: Ralph
Sat Sep 6, 2008 9:23 PM
Your conversion to Catholicism touched me as no force is greater than God as we approach the perceived darkness which can be conquered by hope; that is all we ask for that God will continue to be with us especially before the dawn. "Its always the darkest before the dawn." - Satchell Paige
I am so glad to be able to read your upcoming columns. God Bless and keep up your fury. Tell us like it is. I missed you the past weeks.
Comment: #131
Posted by: michael
Sat Sep 6, 2008 11:16 PM
No offense. And I hate to sound insensitive and cynical in this crazy day and age ... but doesn't anyone find it slightly coincidental that this all occurs when pretty much the whole nation wanted Novak in the slammer for a hit-and-run? I also find in curious that even in this column -- supposedly about his tumor and his rough times -- we're given an introductory about his reinventing what happened with his accident FIRST. I'm sorry -- but this just isn't the way it goes. A guy who writes about the hardest time in his life, his tumor, starts it all off by absolving himself of an apparent hit-and-run? How convenient.
Comment: #132
Posted by: David (Chicago, Ill.)
Sun Sep 7, 2008 1:18 AM
Mr. Novak, I pray for your recovery. We stress ourselves on earth about temporary things like politics and who is right and wrong. I'm glad you are in the hands of God and trust and believe in him. Thank you for reminding us all what is truly important.
Comment: #133
Posted by: Jon
Sun Sep 7, 2008 1:59 AM
Mr. Novak, I enjoyed reading your article and work is therapy so keep it up. Prayer is powerful and faith makes it work. Focus on the day at hand.
Comment: #134
Posted by: MiMi
Sun Sep 7, 2008 4:11 AM
Novak's tough conservative streak and independent commentary are among things that make him my favorite mainstream media personality. I used to watch “Crossfire” and “The Capital Gang” (the latter mainly to hear Novak's contribution to the "outrage of the week") regularly, and think it likely it was the presence Novak has as a polemicist that shriveled Michael Kinsley and dispatched him from Crossfire.
The Kennedys are capable of gutter-level partisanship, but they also have something in them that makes them capable of an admirable magnanimity. Whether the subject involves nuclear proliferation, national security, truth, honor, a conflict of interest, or human compassion, however, one can expect the Wilsons to be consistent and quite self-centered Democrats.
Please get well, old boy.
Comment: #135
Posted by: Cynic
Sun Sep 7, 2008 8:56 AM
May God bless Mr. Novak and his family---for years to come; and, may God also continue to bless and to shed His grace on this wonderful country of ours.

Don Zerial
September 7, 2008
Comment: #136
Posted by: don zerial
Sun Sep 7, 2008 12:55 PM
May God bless Mr. Novak and his family---for years to come; and, may God also continue to bless and to shed His grace on this wonderful country of ours.

Don Zerial
September 7, 2008
Comment: #137
Posted by: don zerial
Sun Sep 7, 2008 1:03 PM
May God bless Mr. Novak and his family---for years to come; and, may God also continue to bless and to shed His grace on this wonderful country of ours.

Don Zerial
September 7, 2008
Comment: #138
Posted by: don zerial
Sun Sep 7, 2008 1:03 PM
I appreciated your report of what happened that day. Until now, I assumed it had only been an unfortunate accident. Perhaps it can still be considered an accident but with no casualty and no mal-intent. Thanks again for the explanation -- very inspiring, too.
Reading the comments, I'm sure you will notice that most are in support and show great understanding. These are your true friends. The miniscule number of detractors are more indicative of IQ and small minds or, if you will, people who suffer from another kind of problem: poor reconcialiation of brain matter.
I lost family from other forms of cancer and it taught me that no one knows when or why it makes an appearance. However, it may be of something for the detractors to remember that it occurs when least expected. You are proof of this. However, perhaps you are fortunate, also. If this had happened 50-75 years ago, you may well not be alive much longer. And, too, the doctor who treated you would not have been here or have the experience necessary to perform what seems to be as successful an operation as possible. Therefore, I'm sure that if you stop to think about it, you'll be able to count your blessings and, perhaps, moreso than your detractors.
Once there was a U.S. Ambassador named Godley who was told he had only about five years to live because of cancer. However, he went home to become a 'gentleman farmer' and obeyed his doctor's advice to the letter and lived 26 more years. Perhaps this will be your key to a much longer life. Regardless, enjoy the life you have and thank God that you have more opportunities to better serve your friends.
Comment: #139
Posted by: Robert Lunsford
Sun Sep 7, 2008 3:22 PM
Bob Novak: I met you briefly sometime in the 1990's, at a party for the Capital Gang (along with people who had been guests on the show over a matter of years) held at your penthouse apartment. I was invited because I was assistant to Mark Shields at the time. I came with my husband and we had a very good time.

Yesterday morning I brought in my Post newspaper, opened it to the op-ed page and planned to spend less than a minute just seeing what was there before I began my day. As it happened, I saw your piece and read the entire thing standing up. I was especially touched by the idea you presented that at certain times in our lives, party lines -- even diametrically opposed views -- are swept aside. It's just one human being to another, as Ted Kennedy must have realized when he spoke to the Democratic convention less than two weeks ago.

I wish you the best in the days ahead. I hope you continue to write so movingly.

Barbara Miller, Fairhaven, Maryland

Comment: #140
Posted by: Barbara Miller
Sun Sep 7, 2008 4:30 PM
Mr. Novak, God bless you and your family as you go through this difficult time. We serve an awesome God. I pray you are able to find beauty and joy in your days and enjoy your loved ones and your work. I know God will give you grace to see it through. I'd like to thank you for adding so much to my life the past few years. When three of our boys decided to enlist (this week we've had one in a war zone and one in the path of a hurricane!), I realized I had some holes in my education, which you have helped to fill, and will continue to do so. You are daily in my prayers.
Diane Shearer
Tehachapi, CA
Comment: #141
Posted by: Diane Shearer
Sun Sep 7, 2008 10:51 PM
wishing you a speedy, good and full recovery at the earliest possibly time. Just out that tumor out, with the pflame of enourmous energy!
My question is, how much, if any, thought have you given, if warranted at all, to the fact that this cancer might not somehow be related to cell phone usage? Are you/ were you, a heavy cell phone user? How about Senator Kennedy?
thank you
Petr Buben
Comment: #142
Posted by: Petr Buben
Mon Sep 8, 2008 12:06 PM
Contact Health Sciences Institute of Baltimore, MD for effective options for cancer relief. beyond Standard of Care. Chemotherapy destroys healthy as well as unhealthy cells and then the body has to process all of the deceased cells, resulting in further toxicity to an already compromised immune system. Speak to the physicians affiliated with HSI and do your own investigation. Ask them every question.
1) Alkalinity of the body vs. acidity (PH level above 7 under which no cancer cells thrive)
2) Nutritional iodine--severely depleted from today's diet
3) Selenium in the form of selenomethionine, mineral that even the FDA has recognized as effective
4) Graviola--herb from Amazon Rainforest
Separate from HSI
5) Royal Raymond Rife technology--radio frequencies that resonate with specific "cancer" (proliferating detrimental) cells
Comment: #143
Posted by: Bridget Ashmore
Mon Sep 8, 2008 1:08 PM
Contact the Health Sciences Institute of Baltimore, MD and ask them about options their physicians may suggest that are worth the investigation.
Comment: #144
Posted by: Bridget Ashmore
Mon Sep 8, 2008 1:18 PM
Dear Mr.Novak:

I am not a Super Journalist like you but my husband and I are living the brain tumor journey that you are on! You will find it to be a roller-coaster ride! Our Son(and baby) of our family was diagnosed,last May and had partial re-section of hie tumor.....he has a giliablastome multi-forme grade 4 on the brain stem........we had a Summer in Hell going thru radiation and chemo.....we thought we would loose him anytime but God pulled us thru. Last Nov. his tumor became active and he had Cyber-knife suregery....3 times(all that he could have) His last 3 MRIs have been good, no activety and some shrinkage noted. He is to have another MRI in Oct. and I am scared to death.......this is out Baby, so what if he is 45! He is a High School Principal......played baseball thru college. He has 3 sons.....2 are in college with his youngest a soph. in school........he has a balance issue, left side weakness. Each and every day is a Miracle at our house, we take what god grants us......he has made it past his grim prognosis of 6-12 months. He saya he is living for the NOW! Why did this happen,we don't know. There are days that are hard to get by on! Our strong Catholic Faith sustains us and all the many prayers from friends and family....Mr. Novak, I would consider it a pleasure to Pray daily for you for stength for you and your family! God Bless You and Yours.
Judy Cosens

Comment: #145
Posted by: Judy cosens
Tue Sep 9, 2008 9:55 AM
Hello Bob,
You are clearly loved and appreciated. I read your most recent book where you tell of how you beat lung cancer; you will beat this too.
Comment: #146
Posted by: fwhalen
Tue Sep 9, 2008 4:30 PM
I admire Mr. Novak for his courage and honesty in realizing his cancer. His account of the compassion of others outweighing the callousness of the shallow few confirmed my faith in the goodness of humanity.
Mr. Novak is an important voice in American journalism. May God give him the strength to recover and to continue living.
Tim Hansen
Comment: #147
Posted by: Tim Hansen
Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:18 PM
Dear Mr. Novak, My husband Jamie had a grade4 GBM removed from his left parietal on April 30 of this year. I know what you and your family are going through. He is 50 years old and we have 3 children and a granddaughter. We live in Canada and his brother lives in Durham NC. He is a research scientist at Duke, and he helped us get in touch with the Brain Tumor Center there . In order to qualify for a clinical trial Jamie's tumor needed to contain a certain gene called EGFRvIII. A tissue sample from his tumor was tested and he was EGFRv111positive. We traveled to Duke to see about this clinical trial involving a vaccine that Dr. Sampson had invented. Shortly after talking with them we found out that the residual tumor was 1.2 cm., which disqualified him from the trial. Back on the rollercoaster ride again. We thought that we would return to Canada and complete the second phase of chemo, as per the standard treatment. We were dissapointed for a short time but when the next doctor came in we were given another option. It is a Duke only study that uses the same vaccine, but we would have to always go to Duke for it. I should explain that the first trial was coming to Canada and we had planned on him being transfered there when the Montreal clinic was set up. Flying to Durham once a month was going to be a huge expense but due to the fact that this vaccine has been showing some promising results we finally decided to go for it. Our friends and co-workers have had some fundraisers for us to help pay for flying, doctors expenses and hospital bills. Jamie has had 2 treatment so far and there were absolutely no side effects. Next week he will be there for another. The chemo is a little rough for about a week or so each month and then he feels well enough to go out and jog a bit and ride his bicycle. I wish you the very best and try to keep up your spirits. We invite you to go to Jamie's blog and read about him and how well he is doing . Regards Violet
Comment: #148
Posted by: Violet McKinley
Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:25 PM
Get well soon, Bob; we miss you. We pray for you and hope for a full recovery. I know what being close to that dark door is like, and trust you will be able to avoid it. Keep on making the libs uncomfortable and us Conservatives alert. The silly season is upon us, and we depend on you to keep our spirits up. Best wishes.
Comment: #149
Posted by: T Sharland
Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:38 AM
Re: Violet McKinley

Hi Jamie thinking of you and hope you are doing well, I will be checking your blog to see your progress
Comment: #150
Posted by: Linda Dixon
Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:13 AM
Mr. Novak-
My family has kept you in our prayers and have rejoiced in knowing that you too are now a part of the "Duke" family. My husband was diagnosed in 2002 with a grade 2(grade 3 post surgery) oligodendroglioma that ended his career. We have been so thankful to have found the monoclonal antibody regimen clinical trial at Duke and been supported by their caring staff through to survival. He is cancer and necrosis free and we are founders of an online community of resource and support The Brain Tumor Awareness Organization.
We hope that you have a speedy recovery and we look forward to sharing your story!
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