Too Much Sun

Too Much Sun

I was born (1956) and raised in Southern Oregon in the town of Grants Pass.  My time as a child was spent mostly outside running around the neighborhood or playing sports.  We had a wooded area directly behind our house to start out with.  This later was cleared and a...
On My Way

On My Way

As many of you know, this journey has been going on for more than 3 years now. On Halloween of 2018, I had surgery to remove my left breast, because the tumor had gotten big enough that the surgeon said it had to be done. (I couldn’t have regretted this decision...
In Memory of James

In Memory of James

In 2007, at 19 years old, James Burns began his battle with testicular cancer. After being treated with chemotherapy, he became eligible for surgery to remove his testicle. Over the next few years James underwent blood tests and CAT scans every 3-6 months to monitor...
Noble Warrior

Noble Warrior

On Valentine’s Day of 2021 my wife and I went to Mt. Bachelor in Bend for a week of skiing. We bought our week’s tickets and went out to our car to get ready to go skiing. I started to put on my ski boot. As I was jamming my foot into my right ski boot when...
One Tough Cookie

One Tough Cookie

“The Angry Avocado and the Tough Cookie” (excerpts from a book by Marselo Marshall, in honor of his mom Autumn Marshall. One sunny weekend Markus, mom and I were hanging around in our tree, when we were all suddenly picked by the farmer and placed in a wicker basket....
All by Myself

All by Myself

Late 2019, I found a lump in my right breast.  I called my doctor, but we decided to wait until my yearly exam in February of 2020. Come February the lump felt bigger, but my doctor was not concerned about it and said to me “it doesn’t feel like cancer, so...