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3 10, 2013

Cancer Sucks. Buy a Helmet.

By | 2017-05-24T01:38:06+00:00 October 3rd, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

I am very lucky in the fact that at 41, I have the same group of friends that I have had since 16.  And none of those friends may be funnier than our friend, Dan.  An Irish Catholic, Dan married a wonderful (see: crazy) woman named Sandy, and they have four children, including a set [...]

5 09, 2013

One Final Slap to Cancer’s Face…

By | 2017-05-24T01:38:11+00:00 September 5th, 2013|Blog|14 Comments

Meet Deb. Deb is a single mom of a little girl named Abby who is just 17 hours older than our 7 year old, Sam.  Deb and Abby live in a quiet cul-de-sac in a suburb of St. Louis.  Their house is nice, unassuming, and not overly remarkable.  The only thing that looks at all [...]

23 08, 2013

The Key to Solving Absolutely Everything…

By | 2017-05-24T01:38:11+00:00 August 23rd, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

If you don't know James Marshall Reilly, you are missing out on learning from one of the most engaging minds of our lifetime.  His book Shake the World (available in paperback on August 27 from Penguin Books), is about people who decided to use their voices and ideas to change and enhance the lives of [...]

15 08, 2013

Cancer Sucks? Tell Me About It. No, Really.

By | 2017-05-24T01:38:11+00:00 August 15th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Depending on your political leanings, Rahm Emanuel is either a no-nonsense go-getter, or Satan incarnate.  The mayor of Chicago has always said what is on his mind, and one of his more famous quotes caused quite the stir.  While on some Sunday morning news show like Face the Fox News Press, Rahm said, "You never [...]

8 08, 2013

Kinda Thankful For My Cancer…

By | 2017-05-24T01:38:11+00:00 August 8th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

On October 21st, 1996, I came literally two inches from dying.  And it doesn't matter how you look at the physicality of it...two inches separated me from life and the afterlife. I had been driving my Jeep home from a radio station event when I was hit from behind by a gentleman in a car [...]

30 06, 2013

Being Angry at God for Cancer…

By | 2017-05-24T01:38:12+00:00 June 30th, 2013|Blog|4 Comments

So Stephanie and I were having drinks a few weeks ago with Tina, my friend who had just had her last round of chemotherapy for breast cancer.  We were celebrating with her and many of her co-workers and friends, and by the time my wife and I walked home, we had been well into our [...]

12 06, 2013

What I Learned From a Kid Fighting Cancer…

By | 2017-05-24T01:38:12+00:00 June 12th, 2013|Blog|5 Comments

Many of you have seen me write about a girl named Hannah, who is eleven years-old this year.  She is the daughter of Krista and her step-dad Aaron, friends of mine from the 'book who got to know me originally through the Steve and DC Radio Show years ago.  Like so many online friends, while [...]

10 06, 2013

Telling Cancer to “Suck It”

By | 2017-05-24T01:38:12+00:00 June 10th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

June has become the ultimate dichotomy for me.  In 2002, on June 8, I had my last of 20 chemotherapy treatments in 11 weeks.  I was unbelievably sick, but I had finally reached a finish line of sorts.  That was the day when I finally told cancer to "suck it." Of course, cancer sucked lefty [...]

30 05, 2013

The Happy Indignity of Cancer Survival…

By | 2017-05-24T01:38:13+00:00 May 30th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

It was that time of year again...a time I dreaded for so many reasons. I was sitting in my car, waiting for Stephanie and Benjamin to arrive at Sam's school.  I was killing time in the parking lot, as we were all going to meet to watch Sam read a petition at the school mass.  [...]

22 05, 2013

For Mr. Smith…

By | 2017-05-24T01:38:13+00:00 May 22nd, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Hi Kevin, It's Dan Duffy.  We've never met, but we've talked, and you've talked about us.  I'm a VFS alum, live in St. Louis, and interviewed you for the Steve and DC Radio Show.  You told me that I was the only show outside of Vancouver that talked about the school with you. A few [...]