I went for my physical exam yesterday, and I really like my new doctor. She weighed me, and I was 152 lbs. I cannot remember ever weighing less than 165 lbs. That was when I was in high school. The doctor spent a lot of time with me, and her interview was in-depth. She has… Continue reading Doctors, Dogs, and Veterinarians
The Oxford Dictionary defines a ‘white lie’ as: a harmless or trivial lie, especially one told to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. “when I was young, I told little white lies“ Although my stories are all based on the truth, some require a little white lie(s) to avoid embarrassing or hurting another person’s feelings. And sometimes, that… Continue reading Little White Lies
I want to begin by stating that Dr. R. Wilson, my family doctor, retired today. And although I was given lots of written notice of his retirement, I have not been able to get another doctor here in White Rock. But I am not complaining. There are many provinces in Canada with the same problem… Continue reading Is There A Doctor In The House?
I was watching a television special on Marvin Gaye. In the ’60s, he was my favorite singer. It seemed every singer I liked in those days died too young. Favorites included Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin, Jim Croce, Jimi Hendrix, Patsy Cline, Sam Cooke, Jim Morrison, Bobby Darin, and Cass Elliott. I used to think that… Continue reading One more sleep…
About three weeks ago, Sannie and I planned a day trip to the Sunshine Coast and had a reservation for the 7:30 am ferry to Langdale. We needed to be at the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay by 7:00 am, so I was at her place at 5:30 yesterday morning to pick her up. I… Continue reading Saturday on the Sunshine Coast
It was the day after my visit to Wreck Beach when it started. Holly my dog, and I were lying on the bed when I suddenly felt a ‘cold shiver.’ It was about 6:00 pm, and I usually go to bed at that time to watch television for a couple of hours. I glanced at… Continue reading Covid19 Virus or the Flu?
Originally published October 19, 2012 My morning drive to work (volunteering at the Fraser Valley Cancer Center in Surrey) began like many other commutes I had taken over the past year. I was treated at the center in 2009, as a stage three cancer patient. Suddenly, things started to get weird when I heard a… Continue reading Pinch me – please!
Originally published August 27, 2012 Please read Parts 1, 2, and 3 before reading this Monday, August 18, 2009 Oncology Floor 51N – Surrey Memorial Hospital I was awake most of the night (worrying) and had just started to fall back asleep when the nurse came into my room. I looked at my watch –… Continue reading CANCER: My Third Anniversary – Part 4 of 4
Originally published August 21, 2012 NOTE: Please read Part 1 before reading this. The 2-week wait for Dr. Maharaj’s office to reopen was certainly on the top of my list of frustrations. Not being able to control one’s destiny is at, or near, the top of that list. You know – it’s the circumstances that are… Continue reading Cancer: My Third Anniversary – Part 2 of 4
In November 2009, the radiation and chemotherapy treatments for my stage three throat cancer ended. At the time, I was 59 years old, and I hoped that I would make it to my 60th birthday in January 2010. Here is a clip from the North of 49 TV show that profiled me several months after… Continue reading Reflections on Cancer