Monthly Archives: July 2010

What To Do When You’re Blind in One Eye

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I’ve had a lot of mishaps while riding my bike. I’ve… Fallen over, Been sworn at, Been cut off by cars, Been forced off the road by a car, Ridden into pot holes, Had spokes break, Been bitten by bugs, Had a truck tire blow out about 20 yards behind me, Gotten sun burn, Run…



CancerLand Bookshelf: The Cancer Monologue Project

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After my first cancer surgery, I woke up hungry. Ravenously hungry. Give-me-something-to-eat-now-or-else hungry. The way my stomach was growling, you would think that I had been fasting for weeks, and not just since midnight the night before being admitted to the hospital. But now it was after 5 pm, I was out of recovery and…



The Cancer Kicker

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Dylan Trakas had a long bike ride ahead of him. He was in Bellingham, Washington. The ride was going to end in Charlestown, South Carolina, 3997 (not 4000) miles away. College was over and he had no bills to pay. Dylan was looking for an adventure he could look back on in his future, more…



CancerLand Bookshelf: My One-Night Stand with Cancer

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The CancerLand journey is made up of moments.  Strange moments.  Defining moments. Once-in-a-lifetime types of encounters, often intensely traumatic experiences that mark and change you:  physically, emotionally, spiritually.  Forever it seems. Ask any cancer survivor.  Some will say it’s the moment of diagnosis – the day that a doctor says those life-changing words, I’m sorry,…