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Canadian Oil

Alberta’s Tar Sands and the High Cost of Oil — read this and you’ll feel blinding white-hot rage. Tribal lands, guaranteed for perpetuity, ruined. Sky-high cancer rates. A river made worthless. Wholesale, short-sighted environmental destruction. Half a billion gallons of water polluted daily. A physician trying to alert others to cancers, threatened with the end of his career. Government sitting idly by, interested only in the profits of the tar sands industry. This scar on the land will take hundreds of years to heal, all this damage done for money.


Salty Water

Paul Kalanithi writes about diagnosing his cancer in How Long Have I Got Left?:

I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed both nothing and everything. Before my cancer was diagnosed, I knew that someday I would die, but I didn’t know when. After the diagnosis, I knew that someday I would die, but I didn’t know when. But now I knew it acutely. The problem wasn’t really a scientific one. The fact of death is unsettling. Yet there is no other way to live.


Derek Miller

I last wrote about Derek Miller almost 4 years ago, remarking on his engaging writing and courageousness in facing stage 4 cancer. Yesterday, he died. Suddenly, that is his last post, put online by his family, in stark black and white.


The Trapeze Swinger

We all had an impossibly difficult weekend because my Dad was diagnosed with Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia (WM), a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Going into the weekend, we were expecting a cancer diagnosis on Monday, but were hoping for something else. We didn’t expect anything to develop over the weekend, but nurses told my Mom and Dad to watch out for exhaustion over the weekend… and when it was too much, they went in on Saturday.


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Breast Cancer 3-Day

I’ve been thinking rather strongly about starting a team for the Twin Cities Breast Cancer 3-Day. This summer, it is from August 21-23. Let me know if any of you all are interested; I can think of no better way to spend three days.

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Derek K. Miller and cancer

Derek K. Miller and cancer - Stunningly honest and straightforward blogging from Derek Miller, a 38 year old family man with stage 4 metastatic colorectal cancer. When I read his writing, it puts my life, with it’s myriad “problems” and “difficulties” in sharp perspective. Thinking about what he’s going through, it makes me feel very sad.