I have not posted my teachings on the main page of my blogpost because I wanted to shape my content around my journey without a stomach, but recently, a couple friends have asked me why I don't share a huge part of what I do on my blog. I have been posting my video teachings … Continue reading Resilient Faith
This video is courtesy of Jessica Sasser who recorded my talk at the Night of Healing for patients at the Symposium on Gastric Cancer at the City of Hope in Los Angeles, CA. https://youtu.be/T0FXGUQ3bj4
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
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
I was standing on the boat ramp as the sun peeked over the hills overlooking Lake Berryessa in Napa, California a few weeks ago mentally preparing for a race. As soon as the warmth of the sun touched my face nothing could stop the lump forming in my throat or the tear that welled up … Continue reading Recovering, Life
A few months ago there was a hilarious hashtag on Twitter, #wecanlandaprobeonanasteroidbutwecant... The responses were pretty amazing: "we still can't believe it's not butter", "we can't order breakfast at McDonald's after 10:30am", "we can't type more than 140 characters". It was a reminder that while human beings can do incredible things like land a probe … Continue reading The Belly of the Whale, Get It?
There are some solid perks to having a nurse as a wife, like giving my monthly b12 shot without having to go to a doctor, access to an instant wealth of medical advice through text messages, or starting IV's in the hospital when no one else can get them, but one of best advantages is … Continue reading Stay Toasty My Friends, Phở Reals
If the past 10 months has taught me anything, it is that life is too short, spontaneous and awesome. It's cliché, but with good reason. I used to consume meals like I was in a food challenge, today eating is different and in someways better. Besides the practical part of chewing food well enough for my intestines … Continue reading Lessons Learned #4: Take it all in
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.