Carol Knight John died last week. She had cancer, but she never let cancer define her. She was always participating in triathlons, climbing mountains or moving boulders in someone’s garden. I marveled at her energy and her ability to get so much life out of each day. Her level of activity was beyond what’s typical
Everyone who has been treated for cancer has been through difficult weeks and months. I always tell people it’s more of a marathon than a sprint. But some people never get to raise their arms at the finish line because they have to keep running. Their personal cancer marathons never end. If perseverance is the
Most cancers become life-threatening when they spread, or metastasize, from the original site to distant organs. Brain cancer is different in that it rarely metastasizes elsewhere. That isn’t much consolation, however, because the brain is our most essential organ. Emily is a young woman with brain cancer. She’s had two surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
The Rongovian Embassy in Trumansburg, NY was filled last Sunday afternoon with people who love music. More importantly, the Rongo was filled with people who love Eric Ott. Eric is a well-known local musician who plays with the Yardvarks and the Lost Sailors. He’s also dealing with advanced esophageal cancer. On Sunday, it was clear
Whenever I’m talking with someone living with advanced cancer, I encourage them to understand the reality of their situation but also to move forward with their lives. It’s a difficult balance. I’m devoting this column to Joy Inman who has maintained that balance better than anyone I know. Joy is now a resident at the
Could you briefly describe your cancer and its treatment? I had squamous cell carcinoma of the upper tongue on the left side. It was stage 2. Just as a (sort of) side note about why my treatment and recovery was not “normal” is that I actually was diagnosed almost simultaneously with two different cancers. Two
When I heard that I had cancer, my wife and I called up a good friend of ours. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and had gone through chemotherapy and surgery. We went to her house to talk. She told us the difference The Cancer Resource Center made in her life. I thought, “Oh