My Cancer Story


Posted 27 March 2016

Our weather this year has been just what we needed — some good drenchings, enough to stave off the immediate drought, and then sun!

Working in the garden is one of my very favorite things to do, so while I appreciated the rain, I’m even happier to see sunny skies and warm days.

Today I took down our little greenhouse, which protected my succulents through the winter. Our official “last frost” date is April 15, but I just cannot imagine getting a frost in the next two weeks.

The coming of spring has been especially poignant for me this year. At the end of last year, when I had a dire prognosis and a lot of pain, I wasn’t sure I would see another spring. And here it is!


Candice Schubert

Your garden is beautiful Michael. Enjoy every minute.

Mally Gardiner Nielsen

Michael, I’m friends with Loralee, who worked with my husband, Thomas. Your grace in dealing with this illness is wonderful and inspiring. Your writing is heartfelt. Thank you for sharing your story.

Suzie Heumann

Michael – I have been thinking about you and sending good “vibes” your way ever since my Michael told me he had spoken to you, quite by accident, it turns out. And I have just completed reading everything you have written about your last 3-4 months. Phew! I can only just barely imagine what this is all like for you. But the thing I am so very appreciative of is your vulnerability and openness, in part, so that we can all be more knowledgeable and informed. But mostly to be informed about you.
I’m a science reader. And I find my mind racing to try to remember all I have read about intestinal/pancreatic/duadenal cancers. But the thing that keeps coming back is: Have you done any investigations on CBD/Cannabis treatments? There are now protocols used along with the regular medical procedures and good results are possible. There is a doc in Marin who is well versed in the procedures. I can find out his name if you’d like.
Hugs and big blessings on your journey Michael. Please let me or Michael know if there is anything we can help with. 829-0899

Amy Kanter

Michael… I just saw Loralee’s post which led me to your blog. I wish you had no reason to write it, but sharing your journey like this is a remarkable thing. Please know that I am sending love to you and to your family.

Julie Leff

Dear Michael,
Amy alerted me to your blog and your situation. I am so sorry that you are going through this. And I, too, appreciate your openness about it. It’s terrifying and heartening (the good parts) at the same time. My mother, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-hodgkin’s lymphoma16 years ago, has become very active at Memorial Sloan Kettering. If there’s anything I/she could do to be of help to you, please let me know. Meanwhile,I’ll be hoping for many good days in your future. Love to you and your family, Julie


Great to hear from you! We have considered going to Sloan Kettering or MD Anderson. It’s a complicated situation… trying not to leave real opportunities ignored, while not spending precious time chasing dead ends.

It would be wonderful to see you if your travels bring you to the SF area this year.

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