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...]

Home sweet home!

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When the Sun Shines, We’ll Shine Together

Hey all, Good day today!!  Jay got his chest tube and epidural out earlier in the day and we're making steady progress towards getting discharged from the hospital sometime tomorrow.  Also, he did a full two miles of laps around the floor, basking in the steady stream of praise for his … [Read more...]

All good

He did it! Jay is fresh out of surgery, doing great!!! Here are my notes from my post-op talk with Jay's amazingly gifted surgeon, Dr. Bains. Thanks for all of your good thoughts this morning. They helped! Also, stay posted for more visiting times later on today (this guy has so much support, … [Read more...]

Ready to fly

Hey team of big-hearted people, Jay headed into surgery at around 8:30 am. He's in the care of some pretty amazing people now: nurses, anesthesiologists and surgeons. And you! We received so many loving and soothing recordings over the past week and it makes me happy to think of those sweet … [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...]