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(The 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.



Before you go any further, remember, I am a doctor, but I am probably not your doctor, and I am not an oncologist.  Do not consider anything I say on this site as definitive medical advice.  Talk to your doctor.  If your doctor does not listen, consider shopping for a new one.  You can get them in bulk at Costco.




The following story is true.  Names and details have been altered so as to make it as embarrassing as possible for the parties involved.

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