I recently spent a lot of time talking with people who are on a mission to prevent colon cancer, which is our second biggest cancer killer, after lung cancer. Colon cancer is preventable if it’s caught early. In my mother’s case, it wasn’t, so I think about colon cancer a lot.
This past Sunday, during [...]
I am a pretty big sports fan. One thing I love about sports is the lessons it can provide about life. There are the obvious ones about the benefits of hard work or living to fight another day. But one hit me in the face these past few weekends as I watched the exciting NCAA [...]
The drug companies get criticized all the time for the high cost of medicines. But I have to say thank you to them, from my point of view. As I approach the 10-year anniversary of my diagnosis with CLL (on April 9, 1996) and continue to have “no evidence of disease,” I am very grateful [...]
I have previously written about Dr. Dan Present and his spouse, Jane Present. Jane is a powerful positive force for Crohn’s and IBD in her own right.
Recently they launched a web site called My IBD associated with their organization, the Foundation for Clinical Research in IBD. HealthTalk helped develop the site, which is a [...]
I am 55 and if I can take care of myself, I’d love to make it to 92 like my dad did. He eventually died of a complication from prostate cancer, so I think about that disease. I know it’s slow-growing, and some men die with it and not from it. But I do take [...]
I know there are millions of Americans without health insurance. This is a severe problem in our country, and I hope we will have the political leadership to solve it.
But those of us in the middle class and younger than Medicare age who are covered by a health plan may be finding another problem [...]
The coroner in Quebec has sounded off, upset by the global media frenzy that suggested a 15-year-old girl died of an allergic reaction to her boyfriend’s kiss and residue in his mouth from the peanuts he ate hours before.
According to the coroner, it was not a peanut allergy that killed the young woman but [...]
That day in April 1996 is still a vivid and unpleasant memory. That was the day my doctor told me I had leukemia, CLL, a disease I’d never heard of and had to work at understanding. Fortunately, over the almost 10 years since then, I connected with the very best experts in the field and [...]
The other day, I had a lunch to remember – not the food, but the people.
It was an organizing luncheon for the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization’s first Mother’s Day Walk in my home city of Seattle, an event like they have had for years in Chicago, Y-ME’s home base. Y-ME is a great [...]