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 […]


This post originally appeared July 15, 2014, in ASCO’s blog. Reposted with permission. ————————— My first ASCO Annual Meeting was an educational and exhilarating experience. As a science geek, I loved learning about new cancer treatments from leading researchers. But the highlight for me happened in a noisy back corner of a crowded poster […]

Like many housecats I’ve met, my cats have quirks. Admiral Dufus demolishes cardboard boxes and chews paper, while General Nusiance licks plastic bags.  I don’t know why they do this.  Perhaps they lack certain minerals. Perhaps their tongues like the taste or texture. Perhaps they’re studying how humans react to the behavior of feline companions. […]

Summer in northerly US latitudes like Seattle means the sun is up almost 16 hours around the Solstice (June 21-ish). The days are long and usually sunny for a few months.  Our local mountains–especially the volcanoes–are spectacular this time of year. Mt Rainier greets July (credit: Elizabeth Bourne) The upside of this season for people who have […]

Just realized I have a Speaker Profile Page for the 2014 Stanford Medicine X conference. This is really going to happen! Only 69 days to go–I better start writing my speech. And maybe get a professional headshot.


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