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Friday, February 28, 2014

Baltimore Sun: Monica Pence Barlow, Orioles PR director, dies at 36

Orioles public relations director Monica Pence Barlow died early Friday morning after a long battle with cancer. She was 36.

Barlow worked full-time in the Orioles front office since 2001. She started out with the club as a front office intern in 1999 and returned as a public relations assistant in 2001 before being named to replace former PR director Bill Stetka in 2008.

She was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in September 2009 but continued to lead the department until taking a leave of absence earlier this month. Throughout her illness, she campaigned on behalf of lung cancer research as a speaker and fundraiser for LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s largest non-profit organization focused on the disease.

Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: February 28, 2014 at 02:06 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hank G. Posted: February 28, 2014 at 05:26 PM (#4664307)
Condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues. 36 is way too young to die.
   2. sotapop Posted: February 28, 2014 at 06:57 PM (#4664331)
And according to the story, she had never smoked. She was a runner, training for a half-marathon when she developed a cough. And by then it had already spread. Small-cell lung cancer is evil that way; my mom died from it in December, six months after the doctors diagnosed it.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2014 at 08:13 PM (#4664357) I'm 37. Stories like this remind me to appreciate every day, because there are lot of people fighting like hell to see one more. My condolences to you, sotapop, on the loss of your mom, and to Ms. Pence Barlow's family and friends.
   4. sotapop Posted: February 28, 2014 at 08:34 PM (#4664361)
Thanks, BR/ERF. Lung cancer is insidious. My mom had had a chest x-ray the year before and it showed nothing. Doctors said that's typical -- these start so small you need a CT scan to spot them. Just FYI, all.
   5. GregD Posted: February 28, 2014 at 08:41 PM (#4664365)
That is a ####### terrible story, and sotapop, I am so sorry.
   6. Lassus Posted: February 28, 2014 at 11:05 PM (#4664392)
   7. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: February 28, 2014 at 11:05 PM (#4664393)
Tremendously sad. Everybody who met her, and I mean everybody, loved her. Monica's husband, Ben, and I are friends, although we haven't seen much of each other in a decade or so. You'd have never known she was ill from their Facebook pages. They lived their life together to the fullest.
   8. DanG Posted: March 01, 2014 at 12:28 AM (#4664408)
Just another thing the MSM generally glosses over.


Approximately 10 – 15% of all lung cancers arise in never smokers, making lung cancer in never smokers one of the leading causes of cancer-related mortality. Given the impact of this disease, there is surprisingly little information available on the descriptive epidemiology of lung cancer in never smokers.

5 Causes of Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers
   9. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: March 01, 2014 at 08:54 AM (#4664416)
Condolences to all who knew her. My grandfather (a heavy smoker) died from lung cancer. He was diagnosed in July 1996 and died in September 1996. Incredibly rapid.
   10. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 01, 2014 at 09:59 AM (#4664433)
Not sure exactly what the MSM is glossing over in this case. 85-90% of lung cancers are linked to smoking, and about 20% of lung cancers in never-smokers are linked to second hand smoke. So every year there are more than 150,000 smoking-related lung cancer deaths in the US, and less than 13,000 non-smoking-related lung cancer deaths.

Most lung cancers in smokers are squamous cell carcinomas. Most lung cancers in non-smokers are adenocarcinomas. Small cell lung cancers are the least common and deadliest in both smokers and non-smokers. Small cell cancers are only about 20% of all lung cancers. Survival is around 6%. That's because there is basically no such thing as an early stage of small cell lung cancer.
   11. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: March 01, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4664442)
Man, that is horrible. It will be one of the greatest days ever when a cure for this damn disease is finally found.
   12. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:26 PM (#4664520)
I'm impressed she held on for nearly 5 years after being diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. That is a brutal diagnosis - it must have been a real battle.
   13. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 01, 2014 at 04:32 PM (#4664618)

Echoing the earlier comments...terrible to see something like this. My grandmother died of cancer that began in her lungs and spread to her brain, and my uncle was diagnosed with lung cancer about five years ago. He appears to have beaten it, but you're always keeping your fingers crossed. My grandmother was diagnosed the week after Thanksgiving 2002, and died on January 2. My uncle was lucky to catch it early -- he fell off a ladder changing a light bulb and when he was having his ribs X-rayed, they spotted the cancer. They were both long-time smokers.

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