It was a cold, dark, winter morning when he awoke at 5:30 a.m. He left the comfort of a warm bed and he stumbled into the bathroom to do his business and brush his teeth. His old, worn body was achy and stiff from arthritis and weak from past surgery and cancer treatments. He ingestedContinue reading “The Old Man and the Mountain”
This tumor in my chest Reminder of my death Lives near heart and lungs And pumping blood and respiration Now reduced by chemo-radiation It’s just a mild sensation But in time with inflation Will cut off circulation And end oxygenation Resulting in the transformation Mystical reverse incarnation Defying explanation Fulfilling ancient revelation Without death there’sContinue reading “ode to death”
Christmas celebrations today occur with great fanfare, lights, songs, worship, presents and decorations but the original invasion into humanity went largely unnoticed. There was an unusual star but few people appreciated its significance. Shepherds heard the angelic choir and investigated but few people took notice of their reports about the child. Three new age astrologistsContinue reading “A Christmas Story”
There is a central dogma of molecular biology. It is composed of three entities. You could call it the Holy Trinity of biological life. #1. is Replication: DNA can replicate itself. It can make copies of itself or duplicate. This is the basis of reproduction of cells. #2. is Transcription: DNA can be transformed intoContinue reading “the central dogma”
At first glance viral infections and cancer seem to have little in common. However, they both could be thought of as being genetic diseases. What is a virus but a small piece of genetic material (DNA or RNA) wrapped up in a protein envelope. Once this “letter” is sent and received by the cell, theContinue reading “cancer, covid and the immune system”
As most of you know I was diagnosed with cancer in May of this year. I had a large tumor in my chest. After surgery, hormonal shots, chemotherapy and radiation the tumor has decreased in size from 12 centimeters to 6 centimeters. I was recently at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for follow-up. My oncologist,Continue reading “update”
As darkness fell, Sarah and Levi completed the set up of their camp site in the back yard. We made a fire to provide heat and light and to ward off any predators. We then roasted marshmallows to celebrate the sweetness of life and our family time together. I was growing tired after a longContinue reading “a day in the life/chapter 4 (final chapter)”
A Day in The Life/ chapter 3 After a long day of outdoor activities our attention turned to food. Elizabeth and I were getting hungry and my daughter and grandson, Sarah and Levi, were “starving”. I do not usually cook the evening meal unless we are having steaks, hamburgers or kosher hot dogs. In thoseContinue reading “a day in the life/chapter 3”
It is now over one month since I completed my radiation and concurrent chemotherapy. I have recovered from the side effects of treatment. I am completely off of narcotics. My follow up CAT scan shows moderate and significant further shrinkage of the tumor. At initial diagnosis the tumor measured 12 centimeters. After surgery it wasContinue reading “update”
It was late afternoon when we returned from our woods and lake adventure. Our home sits atop a large hill and we routinely enjoy spectacular sunsets. This day was no exception. In Jewish reckoning one day ends and another begins with the setting of the sun. This is why our Shabbat begins on Friday eveningContinue reading “a day in the life/chapter2”
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