Dead man walking

Wow, I met Derek Miller at Gnomdex and a couple other places. Maryam has been following his blog and told me his blog hit her hard today. I went and looked and he’s blogging his experiences with stage 4 colon cancer. The doctors gave him about the worst news one can get yesterday. His post today was titled “dead man walking” and that’s the harshness of it.

His posts bring life into sharp focus. Derek, I hope I get to have another conversation with you. Your posts are inspiring. YOU are inspiring!

Maryam said that Derek’s attitude is always uplifting, that he always seems to have the best attitude in the room. She asked me why does this happen to the nice people? She also noted that Derek and her are the same age (both are seven years younger than me which puts this into even sharper focus — I’ve already been given a gift of five years longer than the doctors gave Derek).

I don’t know but I sure am glad Derek is with us and sharing what life is about.

10 thoughts on “Dead man walking

  1. I subscribe to another blog by a man with cancer. He is typically upbeat, as well. I love reading it because he reminds me about what is important. It reminds us to cherish each day and the people who are in it.

  2. I subscribe to another blog by a man with cancer. He is typically upbeat, as well. I love reading it because he reminds me about what is important. It reminds us to cherish each day and the people who are in it.

  3. Derek: we’re all dying. You just have a little more understanding of when that’ll happen to you.

    It’ll be very interesting to follow your life lessons now that you are in the situation you’re in.

    Every day is a beautiful day, if we’re open to seeing that. Every day can be an ugly one, too, if we want to see that as well. I try to focus on the good stuff and you’re definitely it.

  4. Derek: we’re all dying. You just have a little more understanding of when that’ll happen to you.

    It’ll be very interesting to follow your life lessons now that you are in the situation you’re in.

    Every day is a beautiful day, if we’re open to seeing that. Every day can be an ugly one, too, if we want to see that as well. I try to focus on the good stuff and you’re definitely it.

  5. Thanks Robert, and Maryam. While I’ve found myself crying a lot in the past day, I’ve also found myself laughing. And you know, it’s been a beautiful day.

  6. Thanks Robert, and Maryam. While I’ve found myself crying a lot in the past day, I’ve also found myself laughing. And you know, it’s been a beautiful day.

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