Loss of Taste

Loss of taste is a horrible experience. It is so hard to explain or to even imagine. You can cover your eyes and imagine a loss of sight, block your ears or nose or wear gloves to experience the loss of your other senses. There is though, no easy way to grasp what it is like to lose your taste. I have written before about how I have Recovered Taste After Radiation. It was not easy to regain my sense of taste after radiation have wreaked havoc with my throat and mouth. My tongue seemed like a … [Read more...]

I Love My Body

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I am learning to love my body. I am increasingly in awe of it. This is not a confession of  a narcissistic tendency to admiringly gaze into a pond or mirror. It is not about shallow feelings or ego. Quite the opposite, I am talking about a profound appreciation for the  mass of atoms that encapsulate my being. My body has proven it is a remarkable corporeal vehicle. It has shown beyond doubt that it is capable of enduring an enormous battering. As the anniversary of my cancer diagnosis drew near … [Read more...]

Celebrating Survival Day

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Yesterday was a traditional day of celebration as it was my birthday. But in my eyes the importance of my birthday has now been superseded by today's anniversary. Three years ago today, the day after my birthday, I was diagnosed with … [Read more...]

The Beauty of Being Wretched

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Growing up I had no contact with cancer. My first exposure to its grim realities was a movie in the early 80s. John Hurt played the role of a man who was often reduced to vomiting in his sink. It shook me up and I always felt deep sympathy for anyone … [Read more...]

Today I Tasted Eggs – Recovering Taste After Chemo

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Now this may not be a headline that will stop the nation. Few people can even begin to understand the importance of recovering taste. I know it is a incredibly insignificant event of zero consequence for everyone - but me. For me though, this was … [Read more...]

The Death of an Unlucky Impala

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The idea of death is certainly unsettling, but it is a reality for every being. Great or small, we will all meet that fate one day. There is arrogance in humanity and I regret it. I’m as guilty as anyone else. The old truism in news reporting is … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong – You Really Let Us Down

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I’m not into cycling and I was never too into Lance Armstrong’s book. I read a couple of chapters though and heavily identified with his chemo experiences. It was oddly comforting to read in print what I’d experienced. There is no doubt the book … [Read more...]

Blog Discoveries 2 – Living With Cancer

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I'm continually impressed by the array of interesting material that is out there. This is a short collection of some of the things I found worth reading lately in blogs that talk about life and cancer. Here's what they say not just about living … [Read more...]

Artificial Happiness and the Power of No Choice

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We have a tendency to overestimate the impact that events will have in our life. Ask anyone whether they would be happier winning millions or losing a leg and you get the expected answer. Yet, Dan Gilbert's research shows the peaks and troughs of … [Read more...]

How to Know if Cancer Treatment is Working?

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This is the question I get asked the most: “So Doc, how do I know that this is working?” Sometimes my patients come to me with visible or palpable disease—something on the skin that they can see fading away, an enlarged lymph node in the neck that … [Read more...]