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T-cell Lymphoma Battle #2. Join Me, Please.

FIRST CONTACT Back in 2016, what felt like a tickle in my throat turned out to be a rare form of Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma (PTCL). It was doubling every week. I had the divine providence of living near an excellent cancer center – – Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) – – and a brilliant oncologist, Dr. Andrei Shustov. The upshot? We stopped this bullet train in its tracks. The cancer fell to “below detection.” Yes! THE ENEMY RETURNS But… like any self-respecting cancer, this one mimics the soldiers in the… Read More

Two Gentlemen Meet

One frigid evening in the dead of winter of 1970, my dad was tromping around from door to door. Why? He was selling peanuts to raise money for the Kinsmen. (Kinsmen is a men’s community service club.) But “frigid” was an understatement. Winter in the Canadian prairies is cold by anyone’s standards. Needless to say, underdressing worsens matters.

Adventure #2, as of June 12

Hi Folks,   Here’s an update on my adventure back into PTCL-NOS.   Quotes Floating in My Mind:   Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. Marilyn Ferguson   Tender love and care toughen you up, because they nurture and strengthen your capacity to learn and adapt—including learning how to fight, and find your feet, to hardship later in life. Noam Shpancer, Ph.D.   Your goal is to get busy living. Even when the body says no. My cousin Laly   Most failures are one-time costs. Most… Read More

Adventure #2, as of May 12

Hi Folks,   Here’s an update on my adventure back into PTCL-NOS.   Quotes Floating in My Mind:   God put rainbows in the clouds for a reason. Maya Angelou   If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~~~ Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. ~~~ It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. ~~~ It’s not what you give, it’s the way you give it…. Read More

Adventure #2, as of April 26

Hi Folks, Here’s an update on my adventure back into PTCL-NOS. To acknowledge spring, I will include a few shots of blooms in our neighborhood. Quotes Floating in My Mind: “You are only entitled to the action, never to its fruits.” Bhagavad Gita, chapter 2, verse 47​​ “Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” Jack London, American novelist “Never postpone a good deed which you can do now, Because death does not choose whether you have or haven’t done the… Read More

Adventure #2, as of Mar 30

Hi Folks, My chemotherapy is done. I am so elated. Day 3 of 3, of cycle 4 of 4, as of Saturday, Mar 28. So, I thought it good to send an update on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS. But given the stress of these times, if you would like, “virtually” join me to dial down our daily stress. Sit comfortably. Close your eyes. Breath in, hold for 5 or 10 seconds. Breath out, hold for 5 or 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times. Okay let’s go…    Quotes Floating in My Mind:… Read More

Side Convo: Your Lessons on Reflection & Prayer

It strikes me that prayer & reflection are central to a life of high self-awareness. It’s a powerful element in our arsenal of good living. Be it the bad stress created by COVID-19, or stage 4 cancer, job issues, relationships, etc.  Or the good stress of something mildly to deeply enjoyable. I am very curious about your lessons on prayer and reflection. How often do you do it? Is it conversational for formal? Is it explicitly with your God or higher entity, or more general, a reflective discussion with yourself,… Read More

COVID-19 Primer

My cousin Lena forwarded a summary from an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University, focused on infectious diseases. This expert put together a fantastic list of bullet points regarding COVID-19 which I found super helpful. After some thought, I regrouped them into 3 buckets to make it easier for myself to digest. Hope you find this helpful too. About the Virus The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal… Read More

Adventure #2, as of Mar 17

Hi Folks, Here’s an update from my musings and activity from the last 5 weeks on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS.   Quotes Floating in My Mind: ” ‘Tis but a moment from the sublime to the ridiculous.” Napoleon “What would be the point of living if we didn’t let life change us?” Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 1 “To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds,… Read More

Adventure #2, as of Feb 12

Hi Folks, Here’s an update from my musings and activity from the last 3 weeks on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS. Quotes I Kept in Mind Last Week: The matador beats the bull. The bull is the strongest. The bull hits the hardest. But the matador is the smartest… Muhammad Ali Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. Victor Hugo The gem cannot be polished without… Read More

[ Belated ] Happy Holidays, 2019!

Hi Folks, As always, I do hope this note finds you happy, healthy and ahead of your own gameplan.  I hope 2020 is amazing. 😊 … I am always curious – – what were your top 3 experiences in 2019? They could have been fun or arduous – we learn and get deeper from all of the, no? I no longer say “good” or “bad” – one quote that has sunk deep into my bones is from Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking… Read More