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Friday, September 18, 2009
A COLLEAGUE ASKS FOR HELP
We received an email from REGJB attorney Debra Cohen.
She asked us to summarize it.
Basically she wants everyone to know that she has been suffering from diseases related to a life time of smoking: (from the email) "The reality is that I have COPD, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. In 2007 I was hospitalized with massive pneumonia and through the grace of g-d I recovered."
Ms. Cohen was worried that attorneys and judges who may have seen her while she was sick may have concluded that her appearance was a result of illicit drug use instead of the problems with her health.
In response to her lifetime addiction, Ms. Cohen has, through counsel, filed a lawsuit against Phillip Morris and she has learned that attorneys and others from the Defendant(s?) in the lawsuit have been snooping around and asking questions about her.
Ms. Cohen wants her colleagues to know that while her health problems have caused her tough times, through the grace of her faith and her doctors she is back, working as best she can, and she appreciates her friends and colleagues good wishes.
Rumpole notes: As a whole, we attorneys and judges lead a good life. And yet all of us at one time or another are faced with the problems and obstacles that life places in our way. The measure of a person is not whether we have problems and whether we fail- we all do. Our true measure is whether we get back up off the mat, dust ourself off, smile, and face another day.
See you in court, thankful for small blessings like good health.