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christopher-cudworth's picture
Apr.23.2013
Over the long course of treatments my wife Linda faced in her 8 years of ovarian cancer, there were many moments when the choices made were not clear or easy. Cancer is an unknown by definition. It is present in our bodies because something’s wrong, but that something still confounds the medical...
mark-gillispie's picture
Apr.02.2013
For whatever reason, the angry clouds of post-chemo malaise parted slightly today and provide some badly needed sunshine. Six hours of solid sleep absent the unsettling dreams undoubtedly helped. The irritation in my esophagus also has lessened, which made me think of food. Weak and short of...
christopher-cudworth's picture
Mar.27.2013
Chris, Linda and our dog Chuck on a healthy hike in a forest preserve. We've been married 28 years. By Christopher Cudworth My wife Linda passed away last night from a long term struggle with ovarian cancer.  She was 55 years of age. She has been trapped in wrestling match with cancer...
mark-gillispie's picture
Mar.22.2013
After two weeks of post-chemo hell, I've begun to recover. I won't have much time to enjoy it. It's back into the fire next week for my fourth and final round of treatment. I hope “final” is not wishful thinking and that this medicine works. Most times it does not. Joanne, my friend at Kaiser,...
mark-gillispie's picture
Feb.23.2013
  I anticipated my second round of chemotherapy with no small amount of anxiety. I had spent the first round sleepless and in pain, an experience I did not want to repeat. It appears that I am tolerating the toxic stew a bit better today, which began at dawn with radiation followed by 10 hours...
mark-gillispie's picture
Feb.06.2013
  "Cow is giving kerosene, kid can't read at seventeen The words he knows are all obscene, but it's alright I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive." -- Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter   I drove to Parma for my second day of chemo after a sleepless night spent jacked up on...
mark-gillispie's picture
Feb.05.2013
  After a morning of talk and pre-chemo meds, Rick the nurse hooked up the Cisplatin around 1 p.m. and cancer treatment began in earnest. I encouraged Mary Lou to go to work. I'll be fine, I insisted.  I had my iPod, David Copperfield and this small notebook that I’m filling at...
mark-gillispie's picture
Feb.04.2013
  "Sweet Virginia cigarette, burning in my hand. You used to be a friend of mine, but now I understand. You've been eating up inside me for some time. Oh, in the morning there'll be hell to pay, somewhere along the line In the morning there'll be hell to pay, somewhere along the line." --...
lillian-lambert's picture
Oct.11.2011
As I drove down 95 from Washington DC marveling at how well traffic was moving it dawned on me that this was a federal holiday and many employees had the day off – hence light traffic.  The beautiful foliage captured my attention; the leaves were just beginning to turn for autumn. These...
dori-hartley's picture
Sep.06.2011
...And right before my eyes, I watched the plane in question fly directly into the North Tower, at 1 WTC. The shock was so overwhelming that by the time the second plane hit the South Tower only a few minutes later, it was apparent that, whether we could wrap our brains around it or not -- life...