Champions, Always…

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Cancer has hit the sports world hard this week. Seve Ballesteros, the flashy, brilliant golfer who learned to hit the ball a mile, as a little kid, with a three-iron off the beaches near his home in Spain, died at the age of 54.  He had brain cancer.  Seve was only 19 when he woke-up golf.  He had a flair and(…)

See Clearly Now

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  How do we get our old lives back after we’ve been to Cancer World? It’s a question that came up the other day and I’m not sure about the answer.  It came from a cancer patient,  some one who had gone through the cancer gates, lived the ordeal of difficult treatments, and has come(…)

Nurses Rule!!

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It’s Nurses Appreciation Week…. How do we thank them for all they do for us?  I’ve come to the conclusion it’s just impossible to do that. Nurses are the life-line between patient and care, between patient and doctor, between patient and comfort.  In Cancer World, they are the keeper of the keys to our well-being.(…)

Pay the Cancer Toll

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  We’ve all paid the Cancer Toll.  The cost of what this disease does to a couple or a family can not be measured in dollars.  We can leave that to the health care guru’s who are trying to trim what they consider to be the fat off our health care bills. I’m talking about(…)

He’s Back

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  It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the sparkle behind those eyes.  My friend Bruce found out he had a very serious form of leukemia just over a year ago and since then he’s been using every ounce of energy, grit and stamina to just stay alive.  I doubt he’s been worrying about(…)

Research is the Key

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  This is National Cancer Research month.  That pretty much says it like it is.  Without the many thousands of labs across the country, cancer would still be in charge.  It’s not in charge anymore.  It’s still a beast and it still kills, but we’ve come giant steps since the days of one-chemo-for-all.  Remember when(…)

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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  If we can’t have ‘them’ at least we can do our best to keep their memories alive.  That’s what we did yesterday.  That’s what we do here many days.  We remember the smallest things don’t we?  I mean my Mom’s great tuna sandwiches had nothing to do with shaping me for the future, but(…)

Measuring Time

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  We measure years so differently. A fifteen year birth date is a young life, full of opportunity and hope. A fifteen year death date is a memorial on a calendar month that is filled with mixed emotions.  I’m having one of those today.  It is the anniversary of my Mom’s death.  Cancer ended her(…)

It’s a Tiara Kind of Day

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  It’s been a day. I don’t know how many of you set your alarm and got up to watch the Royal wedding this morning, but if you did, you saw a flawless, extraordinary event.  The Brits do know how to put on the pomp.  This might sound odd, but in the midst of this super-sized(…)

Thinking of Them

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  Sometimes events dictate topics and for me today is one of those days. I just spoke to friend who is down in Mississippi in the aftermath of the tornado outbreak that started yesterday afternoon and continued to ravage the South throughout the night.  He’s down there shooting footage for NBC NEWS.  This guy has(…)