The Death of an Unlucky Impala

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 that a death in my neighbourhood is […]

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 […]

I Love My Body

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 […]

Celebrating Survival Day

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 But in my eyes the importance of my birthday has now been superseded by today’s anniversary.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 cancer. While my birthday measures the days since I came into this world, I […]

The Beauty of Being Wretched

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 diagnosed. Over the decades […]

Today I Tasted Eggs – Recovering Taste After Chemo

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 an event of incredible significance. Only those who have experienced the loss of taste […]

Lance Armstrong – You Really Let Us Down

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 had importance. Two separate concerned friends gave me a copy. Others […]

Blog Discoveries 2 – Living With Cancer

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 with cancer, but about how to live well with cancer. Strange […]

Artificial Happiness and the Power of No Choice

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 both happiness and sadness flatten out after around three months. If we win millions, a […]

Blog Discoveries – Cancer and Sex

This week I’ve been wandering through the web looking at cancer stories. I read plenty of other things too. I am not a cancer junkie. In fact, I’m in the midst of The Last Lion which is a brilliant biography of Churchill in the war years. Here are a few cancer articles, though, that caught my attention. I identified […]