Riding for Survival

I am writing after just moving back to Pawling, NY from Buenos Aires, Argentina where we spent a year living and our final 3 weeks camping in Patagonia (pic below at El Chaltén). We drove 2,000 miles to the end of the southernmost road in the world. I was back in NY in December of last year for my … [Read more...]

Celebrating 5 Years & Riding with the Nutcrackers

When my family and I sat down for dinner last night my daughter, Juniper, asked me why I was crying. “Because I am so happy and grateful we are all here,” I told her. It was our first meal in our new house in Buenos Aires where we are living for a year and as I took in the sight of the food on the … [Read more...]

A Very Happy New Year

I am at my wife’s childhood home in Minnesota watching the sun drop slowly behind the bare trees for the last time in 2017.  As I reflect on the year during this rare moment of quiet (one daughter is napping, the other playing with her grandmother) I am overwhelmed again with gratitude.  I think of … [Read more...]

The Nutcrackers Ride Again

It has been almost a year since I posted here and a wonderful year it has been.  I remain free of any evidence of disease and a few months ago graduated from getting tested every 3 months to every 6 months which feels great.  I had the privilege of doing a few readings from BLOOM and published an … [Read more...]

Someone Told Me It’s All Happening At The (terato)Zoo(spermia)

All clear again two weeks ago for my quarterly tests!  Despite being in a relative safe zone,  my sense of relief and comfort always deepens when I get the news and my gratitude and joy ratchets up. As I sat in the waiting room at MSK a young man huddled with his parents after receiving some bad … [Read more...]

Gratitude with a Side of Turkey

I went to Sloan Kettering two weeks ago for my quarterly testing and got the all clear!  Now that I am about 2 years away from my last round of chemo my oncologist says my chance of recurrence is now less than 2% which sounds pretty low to me and, just as important, I feel great.  I still have a … [Read more...]

A Book, a Bike Ride and a Party

Hey all! Wanted to let you know about a few things. First of all I am feeling great, enjoying (and trying to figure out) fatherhood and re-assimilating into the world. All of my monthly tests have been clean and I just graduated to bi-monthly testing which is an exciting milestone to pass! I … [Read more...]

Giving Thanks

I Hey team! It has been a long time since I’ve posted and I hope I haven't caused any worry in the interim. My health is great - official cancer status is "confirmed complete remission" (which is pretty much as good as it gets). I am now in "surveillance" with monthly blood tests and x-rays and … [Read more...]

You Can Call Me NED

One year ago today at around 6pm I was in the orchard staking a young tree in an attempt to get it to grow straight when the phone rang. I let it go to voicemail deeming my arboreal correction of greater importance. The phone rang again.  This time I went inside and looked at the caller ID which … [Read more...]

One More Round

Hey team! Just a quick post to let you all know I am going in Monday, 8/4 for my right lung thoracotomy. It will likely be in the morning and should take 3-4 hours. The standard hospital stay is 3-5 days - I'm gonna try and make it 3. I feel strong and energetic in my body and am drifting towards a … [Read more...]

A Big Time

Summer is swinging and bursting open with dewy sweet mornings and evenings like molasses. A few weeks ago KR and I got married for realz on a day so filled with light and joy and smiles and hugs and tears that only the solstice could contain it all. It was a trifecta celebration of union, health and … [Read more...]

No, YOU Grow the Placenta

Hey Team! It’s been a beautiful, sunny, warm late Spring day -I can almost hear the trees and plants growing- and my cancer is nowhere to be found. I got a CT scan and labs and met with my Dr. Feldman (my oncologist) last week. My tumor marker remains in the undetectable range for the second time … [Read more...]

May Day

Last Thursday morning, May Day, I put on my rain boots and jacket and rode the rails to NYC through the tail end of a 2-day rain. Walking from Grand Central to MSK I noticed how slow I was moving. I have traditionally been one of the faster moving objects on a New York sidewalk but I was rolling at … [Read more...]

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

. The Good I saw Dr. Bains yesterday and had a chest x-ray at MSK.  The good news is that my lung has stayed inflated at 85% over the last week and is stable.  I also got my labs drawn and the best news is that my tumor marker (HCG) is "< 2.0 / undetectable"!!!  This is a huge milestone and … [Read more...]

Home!

Yesterday, after my lung decided to stay mostly inflated (85%) when removed from suction, I was discharged and home by nightfall! It feels so good to be here, see the animals, go for a walk by the pond, sleep in our bed, witness the vanguards of Spring, not be woken up every few hours and notice … [Read more...]