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 […]

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 […]

Fighting Cancer and Talking About It

Putting your feelings about life, cancer treatment and the dreadfully taboo topic of death out on the Web is awkward. Revealing your emotions for all to see feels like being naked in the town square during the mid-day rush. I didn’t ask for cancer and I’d happily have skipped the treatment. In fact, I often joke that cancer has […]

Old Soldiers Just Fade Away – Death of a Friend

A few months ago I was saddened by the death of a friend. I deeply admired him. He was one of the kindest men I’d ever met. We were neighbours for 12 years and grew close over that time. He’d drop over for a beer or a cup of tea or we’d have dinner at each […]

The Right to Die is Our Most Fundamental Right

There is a certain insanity that prevails when it comes to the right to die. Perhaps it is partly religious; it seems deeper though as the denial of this right prevails in countries with varied religious majorities. Maybe we are all just fearful of getting too close to the terribly taboo topic of death. I’m […]

The Lose Lose Proposition – Fighting Cancer and its Reality

I hesitated for ages before I could put anything at all down about my experiences with the Big C. I was diagnosed around two years ago. I have a nasty version – Stage IV tongue cancer. The survival stats are not comforting reading. The tongue and throat are really grim places to have things go […]

Seems Bad News Really May Come in Threes

I’m not a superstitious person. I have never given much credence to the old adage that bad news travels as a trio. However, that is just what happened last week. In the space of four days I heard that three people I know had been diagnosed with cancer. Wow. The first news was sobering. The […]

Recovering Taste After Radiation

I felt wrecked for awhile, but I’m starting to finally feel well again. Recovering taste after radiation treatment has been such a struggle – both emotionally and physically. It is hard to get enough nutrition when you despise eating because your food tastes foul. Things do improve though and I want to shout it from […]

Old Age is Not for Sissies

In my early 40s we were out with a large group of friends having dinner. The performers came on stage and suddenly there was a flurry of activity as everyone reached into pockets or bags to find their glasses. We were just that age. Few of us needed glasses all the time, but they did […]

A Memorable Death

Marvin is 55 years old and he has a brain tumour. He is getting physically weaker by the day and is now having difficulty in breathing. However, he is still mentally very alert. Although Marvin knows that death is imminent, he does not seem to fear death, at least not outwardly. As he is not […]