Category Archives: Notes on Living and Dealing with Illness

17184: Watching the Jets Land

It so happens I live in a high-rise building in Toronto. Here it’s called “vertical living,” and to be honest I like it for the most part. OK, the elevators are under renovation, but there are very wonderful dogs who … Continue reading

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An Apology to My Lawyer

There’s a sub-story in what I’ve come to think of as “the 17184 incident” that I’m obliged to tell. I’d hired Janice Warren, who’d been recommended to me by Claudia McPherson at York (she’d been the first person I’d met … Continue reading

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Countdown to Deportation: It’s All About the Little Things

My day today has been filled with tremors and tears. I talked to an assistant to my head/neck surgeon, told her I needed a letter; when I told her what’s been happening, she absolutely and truly broke down in tears. … Continue reading

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Among the Reasons I’d Like to Stay in Canada

Some of you already know that I live each day with Cowden’s syndrome. It’s rare, all right—1 in 250,000 Americans have it, and normally we die from it. Those of us who have it already know the drill: the body’s … Continue reading

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Oh, by the way….this blog is back

I took several weeks away after getting the aforementioned good medical news. When you know the doctors don’t want to see you for a year, taking time off isn’t a bad thing at all. So your humble blogger has been … Continue reading

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What Happens When Your Tests All Come Back Negative

I’d been dreading today more than I can express in words. This was the day I’d find out the results of a long series of tests to determine whether I have thyroid cancer. I do have a couple of growths … Continue reading

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John’s Secret For Dealing w/Cowden’s Syndrome

It’s time I talked about something I’ve been teasing in this space for a while. Cowden’s is an especially insidious illness in that you might never actually develop malignancies (though chances are that at some point, you will), so you … Continue reading

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