preliminary version of this web page was made in a genuine, certified cancer
hospital while I was trach'ed. You can't get that kind of authenticity at
just any URL!)
This website is made up of a collection of e-mails sent to friends and family during my battles with cancer and its aftermath. It started officially on February 20, 2007. It is a work in progress, and I plan to edit it and add to it for the foreseeable future.
I am publishing for several reasons:
1. For a good laugh. After all, who hasnít laughed at a cancer patient now and then?
2. As a guide for cancer patients and their families. I hope I can offer some insight as a doctor and a cancer veteran. (Of course, every cancer has its own personality, but some things are universal.)
3. As a guide for fellow healthcare professionals who treat cancer patients.
4. Finally, of course, there is egotism. Letís face it. You canít write something autobiographical without some self-satisfied navel-gazing. (Ooh! You wanna read Ďbout lilí old me? Gosh!)
4.5 Discretion. I have been sending these bulletins somewhat indiscriminately. I know people enjoy them, but there is such a thing as too much information. Many people have asked questions whose answers I would be unwilling to impose on anyone who did not seek it out themselves.