My Bike

Posted August 8th, 2011

I just can’t get rid of it. It rested in my garage for months, unused. It’s hopelessly outdated. It’s ten years old. It’s a little bit on the dirty side. It’s not comfortable on long rides. Though I’m a big guy, it’s actually a little too big for me. I’ve blown through about a half […]


How Many Lives Did She Save Just By Opening Her Mouth?

Posted July 12th, 2011

Betty Ford, former First Lady, has passed away. She died at the age of 93. Mrs. Ford lead a remarkable life, most notably for her courage, speaking her mind and telling the truth. In 1974, shortly after her husband became President, Mrs. Ford was treated for breast cancer. It was made public, as was her […]


Denial

Posted June 27th, 2011

She was desperate. I remember she was a middle aged woman with dark hair. I think she was still wearing a coat long after the rest of us took ours off. I was attending a blood cancer support group at Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley. We had an unusually good turn out that night. I can […]


Party Time

Posted June 20th, 2011

Tonight I was at a very nice party. Kids (my daughter included) were bouncing on the trampoline, going from the hot tub to the in ground pool (this didn’t take place at my house, the closest we have to a pool is a garden hose). I hung out with my fellow parents, drinking cocktails and […]


Jay

Posted June 15th, 2011

Jay made me laugh. He had a dry, sarcastic humor, like my own. We had other things in common. We were regulars at the blood cancer support group at Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley. We also volunteered our time there. We also had been treated for lymphoma. I, for Hodgkin’s, he, for non-Hodgkin’s. Jay had a […]


A Tear in the Space Time Continuum

Posted May 16th, 2011

You might think time is constant. Sixty seconds to a minute, sixty minutes to an hour, 24 hours to a day, 365 days to a year, two weeks to your next round of chemo. It’s not that simple. How fast time passes depends on a couple things. How fast are you traveling? The faster your […]


Radiate

Posted March 16th, 2011

The whole world is watching, as the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant in Japan teeters on the abyss. Will its nuclear fuel melt, resulting in a huge release of high levels of radiation? Will valiant workers get this radioactive monster back under control? Stay tuned… Radiation and cancer are often paired together. As I understand […]


Success

Posted February 22nd, 2011

I’ve changed careers, and I’m now into the world of sales. I’m new at it, and haven’t actually sold anything yet. There’s a possibility (a very small one, I hope) that I might flop in sales. It’s made me wonder if I’m really a “successful” person, and what that may or may not mean. Does […]


Valentine’s Day

Posted February 14th, 2011

It’s the day we celebrate the one we love. How that love is shaped depends on the couple. Relationships have a different meaning for cancer survivors. Cancer can make a relationship stronger or tear it apart. I remember a number of phone calls with a guy in the Boston area, whose wife was going through […]


Why You Should Like the Weather Channel and Classical Music

Posted January 31st, 2011

When I was going through treatment, I took an especial liking to the Weather Channel. My future was so uncertain. Live or die? In or out of the hospital? Sickness or health? It was a toss up. But no matter my situation, there was always tomorrow, and I was fairly certain I’d make it to […]