Today is my day to relax, recoup and regroup.  Just for today. Yesterday I pitched, hit, threw, and ran (a very short distance) in a relaxed, laughter-filled softball game at my 40th high school reunion in Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium.  Both during the game and the reunion dinner in the evening, I had a chance to visit […]

I’ve been thinking about the US healthcare system thanks to a fascinating Facebook discussion with other Stanford Medicine X epatients.  Each of us are too familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the US healthcare system and its mix of insurers: Medicare, employers, and private insurance companies. My focus is this:  whatever healthcare system we […]

Last night I gave the worst speech of my life.  Everything that could go wrong, did. I misunderstood the start time, and arrived late to the venue. Many of the seats in the once-filled room were now empty. People were partying audibly in the hallway.  I walked out onto the empty stage and discovered the […]

I’m looking forward to attending the 2014 Stanford Medicine X Conference (#MedX on Twitter) as an ePatient Delegate September 5-7 on the campus of Stanford University.  The conference, now in its third year, is the leading patient-centered conference on emerging technology and medicine. This conference will give me an opportunity to meet and interact with other epatients (engaged and empowered patients […]

Tonight (July 31) at 7 PM Pacific Time I will be the first of six speakers sharing our cancer journeys at “Community Voices: Stories of Survival“. My talk titled “Finding My Voice” will tell the story of why and how I became a lung cancer patient advocate. The event will stream live on the Internet […]

This year’s ESPY awards honored ESPN anchor Stuart Scott with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award for his ongoing battle with cancer. The intro by Kiefer Sutherland and tribute video are inspiring, but my favorite part is this line in Scott’s acceptance speech: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You […]

Yesterday I played softball. Nothing formal — a group of friends played a leisurely, good-natured game on a seriously foreshortened backyard diamond after a meeting. It was practice for my 40th high school reunion in August, when 42 of us who grew up together are going to play softball in Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium–home of the […]


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