Author Archives: Rich

A shitty week

Warning: the following post contains references to poop, poop, and more poop. That’s just the kind of week that it was. I usually try to keep my posts here on the lighter side because I try to stay positive, and […] Continue reading

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Birds of a feather

When life hands you melanoma, add chickens. Well, at least that’s we did this week. We’ve talked about “homesteading” for a while. For us city slickers, homesteading has mostly meant shopping the organic food aisle in the supermarket and going … Continue reading

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A profile of courage

Cowardly Lion:Courage. What makes a King out of a slave? Courage.What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage.What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk?What makes the muskrat guard his musk? … Continue reading

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The cost of living

What you see here is an itemized description of charges for my previous (7th) infusion of Opdivo and the associated labs, etc. Obviously, the big ticket item is the Opdivo itself. It is expensive stuff. Without the insurance adjustment, it … Continue reading

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Just ask

I was talking with Lynn this morning about how fortunate I felt. I know I have melanoma, and now diabetes, but the melanoma isn’t affecting my daily life at this point. I can do the things I could before and … Continue reading

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Aging gratefully

There’s an old saying that goes “growing old isn’t so bad once you consider the alternative.” While I’ve always understood and agreed intellectually, the truth of this adage has really struck home with my diagnosis. In addition to the cancer, […] Continue reading

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Learning to accept good news

Bewildered, Bewildered,You have no complaintYou are what your are and you ain’t what you ain’tSo listen up Buster, and listen up goodStop wishing for bad luck and knocking on wood John Prine, “Dear Abby” OK, as much as I love […] Continue reading

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The wings of love

When I started this blog, I had a short list of topics I wanted to write about. One of those topics was the concept of caregiver and what that means to me. Lynn’s latest post made me think it was […] Continue reading

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Unloading

One of the things I struggled with when we started this blog was how much to share. I’d like to share what’s really going on with my melanoma journey so that others could learn from it, or at least relate … Continue reading

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Changing gift horses

Have you ever heard the expression, “don’t change horses in the middle of the stream?” Well, that’s what we’re doing. After six months of treatment, we’ve decided to change where I get my treatment, switching from Dana Farber in Boston … Continue reading

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