Monday 23rd January 2017,
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Browsing the "death" Tag

Hacking the hospital death

Names have been removed from this post to respect the family of the deceased. Last Thursday I lost a friend and mentor. J was a brilliant journalist and communicator, and a fantastic father. I am lucky he was part of my life [...]

April 30, 2016 Surviving
Tree branch by @alnational on Instagram.

This is not a death sentence

To those of you diagnosed with a brain tumor–malignant or otherwise–for the love of god (or whatever you believe in), don’t tell yourself the diagnosis is a death sentence. Be as negative as you want. Dread the biopsy. Freak out [...]

January 13, 2014 Surviving
Photo credit to: Pete Bratach

Eric Arons

I found out from Facebook that he died. I was sitting on our couch in the living room, iPad perched on my lap, drinking my morning breakfast smoothie. Brett walked past on the way to the kitchen. My face said [...]

June 16, 2013 Surviving

Four months at a time: living between brain scans

I live my life four months at a time. After a good scan I am happy to move forward with my life for a while. In some cases I do long-range planning: I am going to a wedding this summer. [...]

February 18, 2013 Surviving

Your friend, Logan

I was at the gym working on my “clean and jerk” (which looks like this graphic), when the song “Complex” started playing through the sound system. The band was Little Tin Frog. The drummer was Logan Whitehurst, a long time friend, fellow [...]

January 26, 2013 Surviving

Brain surgery: the inside story (pun slightly intended)

I volunteer as a “Mentor Angel” with a group called Imerman Angels. This organization carefully matches and individually pairs people touched by cancer (a cancer fighter, survivor or caregiver) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer [...]

April 13, 2012 In Treatment, Newly Diagnosed, Surviving

What art can do to us

I’m in southern California this week for work and I had some free time on my hands allowing me a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. When I was in junior high my mom worked one block [...]

June 15, 2011 Surviving


Something I’m afraid of: death Something I’m not afraid of: death Funny how that works. [...]

April 14, 2011 In Treatment
The Fountain

The Fountain

I saw a friend put “The Fountain” on his Netflix queue, so I added it to mine. Brett and I noticed it was available as a streaming movie so we decided to watch on our Playstation 3 last night. Ah, [...]

March 13, 2011 In Treatment
Ghost Liz

Ghost Liz

On Facebook I read about a 29 year-old woman I have never met (who was friend’s with a friend) who just passed away from metastatic colon cancer. The Facebook post contained a link to the woman’s website. I saw photos [...]

March 6, 2011 In Treatment
Not too far away

Not too far away

I still have an e-mail sitting in my inbox from an acquaintance who died a few months ago. He sent it about two months before his death. Every time I see the message I think about him and I am [...]

November 7, 2010 In Treatment
Mark Miller

Mark Miller

There’s this guy I met at the UC Davis brain tumor support group, Mark Miller. He was there to make a presentation on managing health with technology – and Mark had brain cancer too. I was excited about this presentation [...]

August 20, 2010 In Treatment