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Teva Pharmaceuticals Shoot

On Monday November 28th we opened our doors to a small army of people inclusive of marketing representatives from Teva Pharmaceuticals, a film producer, and a band of video, sound, and production guys. We began filming at 8 AM at our house where my wife and I talked about my leukemia story and its impact [...]
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Which Way is Life Podcast Interview

Back in September I did an interview for the RadioMD podcast “Which Way is Life?”. You can check it out here. Realize though that when we did this in September I was still undergoing treatment. As we all now know; I am FREE and CLEAR of disease and treatments are all DONE. Which Way is Life Which [...]
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2016 NYC 26.2 and Grassroot Soccer (and Shep)

So, here’s the thing… For the past 7 years I have raced the NYC marathon with my good buddy Ethan Zohn in support of his charity Grassroot Soccer. A mutual friend introduced Ethan and I in 2009 knowing that we each shared a blood cancer diagnosis and we were both former soccer goalkeepers. What makes this [...]
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Who Knew

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a very slow moving disease. So much so that people can be diagnosed in the very early stages but not need treatment for years. When I was diagnosed 10 years ago the disease could have been progressing for years prior to detection. One of the first questions that my doctor asked [...]
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Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation Patient Conference

On Sunday October 30th I will be speaking at a patient conference held by the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation and hosted by Columbia University. My presentation on Sunday is entitled “Living Above Chronic Cancer” and will focus on some keys and critical choices that I’ve made in ten years of living with chronic lymphocytic leukemia [...]
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I’m All DONE

I am extremely happy to say that I am all finished with my chemo treatments!!! I had my check up this morning and the decision to stop was a pretty easy one. My labs all came back normal and my lymph nodes have all returned to normal size. There is no reason to continue. I [...]
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It’s a Feeling

When you live with a chronic disease like leukemia you have very heightened intuition. You develop a honed sense of self and learn how to analyze and differentiate between the little systemic bugs, chinks, and cliches that “normal” people face, and those that may be disease related. That skill becomes more advanced the longer you [...]
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2016 Chemo Round 4

I’m going to keep this update short and sweet because quite honestly, that’s how this round of treatment felt. Short, and sweet. Monday started with a checkup with my doc which went really well. My white count was a little low but that is to be expected at this stage of treatment. Given my incredible [...]
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Take THAT

Today’s edition of “how to beat up cancer” using visualization and mental imagery goes like this. On my midday run today, I envisioned taking my leukemia out for a run on a leash. We start out stride by stride but the leukemia soon trails a little behind me, then a little more. It starts to [...]
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2016 Chemo Round 3

For those of you keeping score at home…round 3 of chemo concluded today without any issues. My blood counts were good and I continue to both respond and tolerate treatment pretty well.  I haven’t slept yet since yesterday due to the beauty and curse of my favorite (said nobody ever) steroid decadron but sleeping is [...]
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