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Writing the battle


uvstrongThere may be change, as I continue my battle with Cancer – likely, a new lease on life is in store for the time being?

Last week, I got the results back from my recent scans on the latest prognosis with my current treatment (Chemotherapy).

I chose to fight the disease with my Oncologist, rather than let the low life disease take me for granted, “no way Jose is that going to happen, that’s for damn sure!” I will continue the battle.

The battle continues as I take in my sixth round of Chemotherapy, while I await my doctor’s return from his oversea’s vacation to see what his next step will be with my course of treatment.

Change is always good news as they say, especially when the Chemotherapy seems to be doing its job and my body is responding well to treatment, something the Cancer team likes to see on their part as far as treatment is concerned.

It gives them a better perspective on extending the patient’s lease on life.  As for me? It’s just another dose with a new lease on life. The news couldn’t come at a better time, because I was expecting the worst possible outcome, when treatment would have not worked and my body may have rejected it all. Literally this isn’t the case with this round on the battlefield – its awesome news!

Fighting the “war on cancer” with Chemotherapy has done an awesome job has I transitioned to a new life in the Midwestern states of the Great Lakes nearly a year ago coming this December.

What can be more astounding than doing a rain dance, when the fall rains and chillier weather is upon us, as we work our way toward Halloween, the holidays and beyond? Nada, it’s just the greek sauce on the pasta that makes things sweeter than the Amish cornstalks and the ripeness of  the great Northwest Red Apples.

I feel stronger, better, and healthier to say – I mus say, I was probably on the mist of losing life, when it was all discovered in the four months since, its discovery.

My thought is you either kick cancer’s ass or you don’t. I’d rather kick its butt rather than let it do what it wants to do with my life cancerwise and kill me in the long run, as I say, “it ain’t gonna happen Gracie, I’m gonna keep running to third base and score a “home run,” as I smack the ball out of the goddamn ballpark with a spanking new Louisville Slugger made just for the occasion of beating the disease to the core.

My Chemotherapy treatment seems to be the best method and route to go as I see it in today’s world of modern medicine, as for other’s, their treatment may adversely be different from mine and the suggestion of their Oncologist.

Life is precious enough to continue living out the next fifty years or more – but, surviving the rounds of treatment and the prognosis of surviving the disease is probably one the best choices I could have made has I mentioned elsewhere in this blog.

It was a choice, not only a good one, but a precious one at hand, while taking a leap of faith and see where it goes – the gamble was all I needed to play my cards at hand and hopefully, just hopefully it was all I needed, perhaps, I may have won the jackpot on life?

The fight and the war on cancer continues as they say in the Army – “hooah!,” which is always a good thing, while the Marines Semper Fi the battle at will.

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A Little Writer’s Gem


You know it’s hard to find one of those little gems of a place where you can enjoy the agony of the day to blog and write. I found just the place, last week and I made the return to today to try out their Chicago or New York Style Pizza, which turns out to be good to say, compared to some of the others that I have tried over the years.

The place houses three different businesses under one roof, aLTaglio’s Pizza, Press Start Brewery and a small video arcade gaming center that serves the heard of Downtown Eugene at 13th and Willamette Street’s, across from Eugene Springfield Fire Station One.

The best part of it is that you get to watch the fire crews from Station One come and leave the station while responding to Emergencies with their light’s and Siren’s on as they leave the station at any given time of the day of the day during the station’s 24 hour shift’s everyday and night.

Kinda reminds me of watching the late 1970’s Drama Series “Emergency!”, based on the Los Angeles County Fire Department Paramedics of the fictional LACOFD Station 51 in Carson, Ca., which in reality is known as Station 127 and is a real LACOFD working fire station.

What I really like about this place, it’s centrally located in the heart of Downtown Eugene and that’s all that matters to my genes as a writer – at least I’m not one of those castaways lost from a three hour tour off the Hawaiian Islands with Gilligan, the Skipper and all….!

7th Anniversary blogging!


Today marks my 7th Anniversary blogging – several years ago, I asked myself, “where am I going with this blog and why?”

Some 200+ blogs later and seven years of writing, I still don’t have the answer to that question – oh well, “frubar!”.

At least I’m writing and blogging that’s all that matters in my seven years so far.

I look forward to another seven years into the future and more blogs later to top it off when I get to year 14 or 15.

Indeed this should be fun, stay tuned.

Warm Sunday blogging


I sit under a shaded tree in my backyard listening to the sounds of life, the birds, the wind and the daring wicked world around me.

I can only sense, what a warm spring like Sunday with a breeze of Oregon wind howls the Willamette Valley in its Spring rituals – it makes perfect sense to the mind and body, no matter how I am, it’s just the basis and facts of Life, it’s just a simple warm Sunday.

Blogging the hard way


Trying to write a blog the hard way on a cellphone is a lot harder than one would thought possible. I had to improvise a way to manage typing on my phone without abusing the wreckless endangerment of my thumbs and the creakin’ of constant neck pain and more.

With my internet connection being a flake with my cable modem, this past week since the 18th of December, I’ve been searching for a way to post to my blog via WordPress. I had almost forgotten about the WordPress app that I had on my new cellphone and the bluetooth capability.

I discovered, almost by accident – that, I could now use my bluetooth keyboard, that I currently use with my Digiland 7″ Andriod Tablet to work with the phone and blog to WordPress.

How awesome for an improvised way to work, write and pen one’s blog to the internet with a just a cellphone until connection with the cable modem is fixed and back on the air!

At least for now, it suits the job well and works, in my opinion.

Not having to worry about the battery life on my phone while it is being charged, as I sit at my desk writing this blog post, the concept works very well to my expectations – however, it could vary among among others, who try the same approach.

In a heartbeat, it’s back to work writing again.