TED Talk!

Mea culpa , mea culpa, mea culpa ! I fully apologize for my lack of Blong posts. The whole cancer thing over the summer interrupted the flow of my wonder-filled life. Yup, cancer bit me in the end of May. Had major surgery July 17th and stayed in Sutter General Hospital in Sackoftomatoes for a wonderous week. What is My diagnosis and prognosis you ask ?
Metastatic neuroendocrine carcinoma. My totally awesome cancer surgeon removed a sizable , extremely painful tumor in my small intestine, and cut out more of the small intestine. Then, uh oh, surprise ! The cancer had spread to my gall bladder and appendix , so he took those out too, along with 24 lymph nodes, 15 of which were cancerous. This means there is still cancer in my body, but we can’t “cure it.” We hope the remaining tumors are slow-growing.

It was risky to have surgery – most ALS folks would question taking such a risk. With a compromised respiratory system, anesthesia is ….oh, so scary, but it was a quality of life decision, and I chose to take the chance.

I don’t know if you’ve heard about the TEDxUCDavis this Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 at the Varsity Theater..blah blah…but if you wanna get a ticket before it sells out, here ya’ go :


I ( it’s all about me, me, me) take the stage ( and I’m not giving it back ) at 11am and I’m the last speaker. A performance artist will come on after me, then we’re done and it’s time to party. My BFF Bestie Blanchie Simon ( aka Angela Simon PhD) is coming. My mom isn’t -she died. Oh, so did sister Susan, brothers Larry, Paul, um, baby Stephen and Grandma Mabelle Speck, the only grandparent I ever knew. Dad is 92.5 and is doing quite well for someone who has experienced so much loss, grief, pain and flatulence .

Ennyhoo, now you know and if you can think of anyone else that might like to go they an get tickets online. It’s affordable $5 for students and $7 for people who don’t go to school anywhere, never ever. Not that there’s anything wrong with that….


Again, my dear Blong Peeps, I’m so sorry for temporarily abandoning you, I thought about posting everyday – seriously. But I spent all my writing energy on Facebook , and that’s not a bad thing.
I’ll be back. In the meantime, if you come to the TEDx talk please say hi or some other word to me.

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