Is There A Doctor In The House?

August 10, 2020 at Wreck Beach

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?

One more sleep…

Danny (Sept 1967)

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…

Saturday on the Sunshine Coast

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

Covid19 Virus or the Flu?

Photo by Norm Colon

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?

Pinch me – please!

Fraser Valley Cancer Centre

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!

CANCER: My Third Anniversary – Part 4 of 4

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

Cancer: My Third Anniversary – Part 2 of 4

Fraser Valley Cancer Centre

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

Reflections on Cancer

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