Today is Christmas Eve, and I went to the cancer center in Surrey, BC. I was treated there ten years ago and volunteered for almost five years. I had a suitcase on wheels that contained my Santa Claus outfit; Santa shouldn’t ever be driving around in a car, because kids who still believe in Santa,… Continue reading Today, Santa Danny Cried
This morning, I visited the cancer center in Surrey, BC. I usually go there every couple of months to say hello. But today was special. It was in November 2009 that my radiation and chemotherapy treatments ended. First, I stopped by the chemo room and said hello to my gal pals. Then, I went downstairs… Continue reading Today’s Cancer Center Visit
Connie MacLean and I had been friends for a couple of years before I learned one of her best-kept secrets. But I would never share her secret with anyone because I, too, had a similar secret. And when you’re forced to share your secret with another person – it is natural to want to know… Continue reading What’s In A Name?
The three of us met by chance, ten years ago. I had just been diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer with only a 40% chance of surviving. At the time, I was fifty-nine years old. As I left the oncologist’s office, I tried to remain positive, but I’ve never considered myself to be lucky. … Continue reading A Happy Hearts Reunion
The Ides of March had long stopped marching, and I had finally reconciled my heart and mind to the notion that ‘you can’t look back.’ I had returned to the land of Ontario only to find that everyone had left without leaving a Dear John or whatever type of note that one usually expects. … Continue reading Shadows of September
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
Originally published January 22, 2012 In June 2009, I was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer and given a 40% chance of surviving if I underwent both radiation (37 days) and three rounds of intensive chemo treatments. The radiation treatments were brutal – I spent several weeks in hospital – and I am still suffering… Continue reading Volunteering at the BC Cancer Centre