Philadelphia Inquirer: The Talk

My latest column for the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper published today.  I continue to be very thankful that they have given me an outlet for both sharing aspects of Stage IV cancer life to the general public as well as for me to publish creative writing (which I LOVE doing, I seriously look forward to writing these columns about every 2 weeks!).  BTW I now has an updated page on my blog with all my Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper columns organized in one place.  I will update that page as columns are published!

Excerpts from today’s column are below, the full column is at the link: 

The column: “The Talk” – describes the moment I found out I had inoperable cancer.  The moment I  realized that I was currently incurable. A key & life changing day that I have never written explicitly about in this blog.  It happened 3 years ago this week.


“The Talk” – a moment that every single currently incurable Stage IV patient never forgets.

The moment your Doctor tells you that you have inoperable cancer.  A moment that is both searing and numbing at the same time. The mind whirling in a thousand directions at once as its own sense of mortality suddenly comes into sharp focus. The mind going blank as this overpowers all mental circuits.  Mental circuit breakers tripped. Fuses blown. Shock. …

… I have learned that getting the Talk and a dire prognosis isn’t the last day of your life.  It isn’t the end.  Like any day before it had been – the day you get the Talk is simply the first day of the rest of your life.  …

… A life I mistakenly never imagined possible during the Talk, 3 years ago this week.



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