Luck: Lessons learned from a man named Frank

luck - patient shaking handsWe all like to think we're in control of our lives. But as I learned from a fellow cancer patient, luck is still very much part of the equation. “I’ll see you when you get out,” I said, shaking Frank’s hand. Part of me knew I was lying. I’m no doctor, but I had a strong hunch that I was shaking the hand of a dead man. I had lost a lot of weight following my bone marrow transplant. But Frank? Frank was positively skeletal. Continue reading

Walk to end breast cancer: The Susan G. Komen 3-Day

Today’s post is dedicated to my friend and mentor, Myrta Rivera, who passed away of cancer earlier this week. One of the best people I’ve ever known. Cancer sucks. Fighting cancer is awesome. As a cancer survivor myself, I know all too well how important family, friends and community are to the journey. One of the greatest demonstrations of this community support is the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk to end breast cancer. Continue reading