Wednesday, July 25, 2018


Everybody is one phone call away from having their life turned completely upside down.
That phone call was for me in March of 2017.  After months of chiropractors and exercises, finally an MRI, my doctor told me I had spots on my kidney and bones. Stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma. Kidney cancer. 

I am fortunate to live in a big city with world class medical facilities. I have some of the best care available. That care has brought me to the place I am in today.  I am stable.  I have manageable side effects from the crazy amount of medications I am taking, my quality of life is good.

I existed in a fog for months, blindly doing whatever my oncologist said, automatically, without thought.  As the fog lifted, I began to move to a new normal.  That's a cliche phrase, but descriptive and accurate.  Life moved on, even mine.

Maybe someday I will write about my experiences with this ghastly disease, but this isn't the right time. Nor is this the place.  This is my place to share what I have learned in three and a half decades of being a science educator.  I'm not trying to do anything but be helpful.  Teaching is an incredibly hard job. No one really understands it except teachers.  

Having a cancer diagnosis makes me think about what I am going to eventually leave behind, I hope that one part of my legacy will be a little less stress, a little more time for my fellow teachers.

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