Last Thursday during our young adults group at our home, a sudden and intense pain struck me. Right away, I knew I was not going to be able to control the pain at home. Doubled over and under excruciating pain, it was time to go to the hospital. Fortunately, our friend Rain was over at … Continue reading Video Blog: Post-Bowel Obstruction Regimen
This past week I was invited to go to the City of Hope’s Symposium on Stomach Cancer sponsored by No Stomach for Cancer. It was here that I finally got to meet Heather Huus, Nicole McDonald and Jessica Sasser, Hannah Davis, Wagner Viana and the head hanchos for No Stomach for Cancer. It is safe … Continue reading Symposium on Gastric Cancer and the Beauty of Community
When people tell you that cancer touches everybody - it really is true. Every family, every neighbor, and every friend has been affected in someway by cancer. It is a reality of life that transcends race, gender, creed, socio-economic or political contexts. This month has been a sobering reminder of how different each individual's journey with cancer … Continue reading Run Your Own Race
Today we hit a major milestone in my health because it has been exactly 365 days since the last time I was hospitalized. Considering all the close calls I have had in the past year, including one incident two weeks ago where it took four Norco just to get me to the point where I was comfortable. … Continue reading Milestones and the Parable of the Donut
13 years ago Kate and I started a tradition giving each other ornaments for Christmas. This was a big deal because over 22 years ago today my dad passed away from stomach cancer and the feeling of loss became the dominating story for me around this season. Since we have been together Kate has worked hard to change that story … Continue reading Ornaments Over Time
With another daughter on the way in a few weeks, I decided to hit the road with G-Money to spend some quality time together before my heart starts making room for one more. Now that my brother is home from Korea and working in Los Angeles, a land with warm beaches, hot weather, and delicious … Continue reading Kid Friendly Food Tours and What I Learned about Life from Disney
With M80's and fire crackers still going off in our neighborhood, Kate and I were reflecting on this past year and she asked me, "many years from now, what do you think we will remember from 2014?" In the words of the great Charles Dickens, it was the best of times and it was the worst … Continue reading 2014: The best of times, the worst of times.