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  • Kurt Brindley 2:53 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: body core temperature, breathing, breathing techniques, cancer, cardiovascular system, extreme breathing, , , health science, , , , , Wim Hof   

    Any Wim Hof fans out there? 

    If you’ve never heard of Hof before… prepare to have your mind blown.

    This dude, known as The Iceman, can withstand the coldest colds and endure the hottest hots for practically as long as he wants all because he can control his mind and, through that, his core temperature, all through a radical breathing technique of his.

    I’ve lost nearly half of my lung capacity due to a side effect called graft versus host disease after from my bone marrow transplant so, apart from the fact my survival rate chances were in the cellar, I never expected to be able to do much in the way of cardiovascular work ever again.

    My son turned me onto Hof last year and, while I’m still in my initial stages of learning from this guy, you should see me going for it on the exercise bike and with the weights. I cannot imagine how much more I will be able to progress the more I progress with Hof’s techniques.

    Reminder, as per clearly stated in my Terms & Disclaimers I am not a doctor so don’t go doing this stuff without consulting the experts first.

    But if you want to experience a new reality of living… watch the fascinating Vice documentary about him below and then go check out this wild man’s youtube site.
     

     

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  • Kurt Brindley 6:29 pm on February 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer, , , , , , lung gvhd, , , , , , ,   

    The Purpose of Pain 

    Kurt receiving acupuncture treatment for his many ailments

    When it comes to physical pain, it’s purpose is hardly in question: It focuses us to where our immediate attention and action is required.

    We accidentally rest our hand on a hot, stove top burner and, without our sense of pain, our hand, if it weren’t for our sense of smell, would become cooked well enough to serve up at the next meal.

    We could laugh at this, but sadly and horrifically there are some who do not experience the sense of physical pain due to a rare condition known as congenital analgesia.

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    • Jackie Oldham 9:42 pm on February 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So interesting that you wrote on this topic today. I have a life-long diagnosed depression. And in recent years, I have come to understand the truth and power of using the depressed state to withdraw, ruminate, and most importantly, allow my ruminations to guide me to solutions to the source of my despair. I was in the middle of working out a current problem when I read your post.

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      • Kurt Brindley 3:19 pm on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sorry to hear about your condition, Jackie. It sounds like you haven’t let it determine your fate and that you’ve become a forward thinker in regards to managing it. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us, my friend. I hope others like me will gain from it.

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    • Rajiv 12:37 am on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Very good post. It gives much food for thought

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    • andysmerdon 1:45 am on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Kurt – for me depression and anxiety are not terribly rewarding. Having said that I am caused by the condition to look at what it is that is pissing me off, with a good deal of scrutiny – the key though, is coming to terms with whatever you find, because sometimes its not a pretty picture. I’m thankful for the subject matter it sometimes gives me for a poem or two, but I’d happily live without it – Take it easy mate and Thanks again.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:19 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sorry you have to deal with that, brother; I’m grateful to you for sharing this for others to learn and hopefully heal from.

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        • andysmerdon 2:02 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Its a subject that needs to be spoken about by guys – we tend to think we are to tough for this. Take it easy Kurt :)

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    • avwalters 11:37 am on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Another symptom of depression is lethargy, the inability to move forward. Maybe this is the “it” for which you’re searching. That lethargy may mobilize you from taking drastic or inappropriate action. (Maybe, here the rumination occurs.)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:22 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Very interesting concept, avwalters. I guess it would be similar to the aches and pains one feels from an infection that forces us to remain in bed to heal. Thanks for sharing this.

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    • KatieComeBack 7:20 pm on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve had some issues with not recognizing pain – while I feel it, I seem to have quite a high tolerance for it. That got me into some medical trouble a couple of times (gangrenous gallbladder and walking around for weeks on a broken foot.) I think the same can be true for recognizing my mental state….I have a high tolerance for it, so I don’t always know when I’m in trouble.

      Not sure that adds anything to the convo except I can relate.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:26 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t have a necessarily high tolerance for pain; however, I do have a high resistance toward going to the docs to deal with pain, which didn’t serve me well when I resisted for 3 weeks before getting checked what turned out to be a blood clot in my leg that revealed my leukemia.

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        • KatieComeBack 5:46 pm on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          That’s pretty common. After my gallbladder tried to poison me I’ve done a much better job listening to the whispers of my body….

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  • Kurt Brindley 5:49 pm on December 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cancer, cancer support, Coping with Cancer, , , , magazines, , support groups,   

    COPING with #CANCER? 

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    Hey! How about that?!

    Our good friends over at COPING With Cancer magazine featured an excerpt from my little book HOW NOT TO DIE: In 13 Easy Steps in their recent edition.

    Pretty cool, no?

    Yes, indeed.

    You can learn more about the magazine and all the good folks there doing God’s work here.

    You can learn more about my book here.

    You can check out the post the book was inspired by here.

    And you can learn how I feel about pink as the color of cancer here.

    #cancerisjustastateofmind
    #peace

     
     

     
    • holisticlifestylecoachblog 6:15 pm on December 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats on your article and book. I am coping with cancer too and it sucks. None of the treatment they have tried has worked. Another Christmas suffering cause third type of chemo not working. Would love to hear how your book came about, want to write my own but find it hard to face it as I live it. I’ll review your book for you if you like

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:12 am on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sorry to hear about your condition. I actually started blogging after my diagnosis in 2009. It’s been a long road and my writing was great therapy. If you want to see my early writings you can search this site for “cancer” leukemia” “gvhd” or “health.” You can also see them in their original place at http://marrowish.wordpress.com. The book, itself, is just a self-indulgent compilation of the original post “How Not To Die” as well as relevant haiku and other writings. I wish you the best. You can email me through my contact page if you have any follow ups or just want to talk. :)

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    • Aimer Boyz 9:46 pm on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations, Kurt. That is indeed, cool :)
      It must give you such a warm feeling to know that your experience and words are out there helping others.

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:32 am on October 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adversity, , cancer, , , LLC, , , Paul Weidow, PLEX Solutions, , , surviving cancer, ,   

    BRINDLEY 2.0: POWERED BY PLEX 

    BRINDLEY 2.0: POWERED BY PLEX

    Let the journey begin!

    Today I begin my cross-country trip with my sons to LA to join the rest of the cast and crew to film our movie LEAVE.

    Pretty awesome.

    And unbelievable.

    As I’ve expressed here and on other networks often in the past and even more lately, there are many wonderful and supportive people who helped me through many adversities these past several years to allow me to be in this fortunate position I am now in.

    This could get long and teary-eyed so I’ll save everyone the time and me the embarrassment and cut to the proverbial chase:

    Outside my immediate family, I am hard-pressed to think of anyone who has supported me more, through times bad and good, with his physical, spiritual, and financial presence and care, than my long-time friend, my mentor, and my boss, Paul Weidow.

    LEAVE would absolutely not be possible without Paul’s and his partner Stan Nolen’s (another long-time friend and eternal brother) generosity towards and faith in me.

    Paul bringing me on part-time to be a member of his PLEX Solutions family, allowed for a stress-free transition back to normalcy and under terms very, very favorable to one still fragile and unsure of himself, yet one in great need of validation of worth, as well as one in great need of the time and funds to support and develop his movie-making dream, a dream that now, in much part because of him, is only days away from becoming a reality.

    Thank you, Paul. I love you, brother.

    Check out this amazing guy’s amazing company >> http://www.plex-llc.com


    And please remember, LEAVE still requires much more support in the form of love, currency, outreach, and effort to ensure not only its completion, but its completion in a manner that enables us to fully realize our vision:

    To Create a Cinematic Work of Art that
    Entertains and Inspires Positive Change

    #beliveinleave >> PLEASE DONATE

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 10:50 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , cancer, , , , , , , , ,   

    BELIEVE IN LEAVE 

    So, I was thinking (yes, I understand the risks)…

    But, I was thinking, just imagine if each of the 25,109 and growing followers of this humble site were to donate just $1.00 to help me fund my film LEAVE…

    Just imagine how much that would be!

    Keep in mind that I am a product of the United States public school system, and that, by design, my higher level degrees have absolutely nothing to do with math, so my calculations may be a bit suspect…

    But I believe that if every one of the 25,109 followers were to donate $1.00 to help me fund my film, that would come to the heavenly financial figure of… [finger cipher]…

    $25,109.00!

    Now that there would be a whole lotta of cheeze and it would help me in a whole lotta ways in realizing my cinematic dream called LEAVE.

    Now, I’m a practical man (not!), and I know all 25,109 of you donating $1.00 each to support my dream is an impossible expectation…

    But, let’s consider what you get here for free 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year non-stop and in perpetuity for as long as our pretty yet petulant planet revolves around the sun that may help motivate you towards donating that $1.00…

    You get to publish your work to the RELATING TO HUMANS feature…

    You get the IABS&R…

    You get occasional “PRO-TIPS”…

    You get LITERARY ZEN…

    You get ARTWORK?…

    You get HUMOR…

    You get HEALTH advice…

    You get MOTIVATIONAL ADVICE…

    And you get so much more.

    But, even with all this free stuff created just for you forever floating around here, I understand that my hope of everyone donating even just $1.00 is an impossible expectation.

    But then again…

    SO WAS THE CAVS COMING BACK FROM BEING DOWN 3-1 IN THE FINALS!

    AND SO IS THE TRIBE WINNING THE WORLD SERIES!

    BUT IT’S THE YEAR OF “BELIEVELAND” BABY!

    THIS YEAR, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

    WHICH MEANS, WITH YOUR HELP

    LEAVE IS POSSIBLE!

    Uhm…

    Too much, right?

    Yeah.

    Sorry ’bout that…

    Anyway…

    Please donate what you can, if you can, my friends >> BELIEVE IN LEAVE.

    Thank you.
     

    BELIEVE IN LEAVE

     
     

     
    • joliesattic 12:20 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing that just two years earlier I was in Haiti, totally unaware that there was any tension between our countries. My girlfriend and I wandering alone with two Bulgarians, who didn’t speak English but were willing to share a cab with us as we toured the island.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:40 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        When were you there? This happened over several years in the beginning to mid- Nineties. And tension wasn’t between the United States and Haiti, per se. The tension was between the international community, armed with a United Nations resolution, and the military dictators who overthrew the democratically elected government of Haiti.

        Of course, the government they overthrew was also allegedly, and most likely, corrupt and vicious towards much of its population so it was all a little muddy.

        Sadly, Haiti has had a very long streak of bad luck before this trouble that LEAVE is set around and which continues on to this day.

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        • joliesattic 3:34 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I was there in ’78 so I may have misread the date thinking it was that farther back. I know they stalled our trip because of some unrest in one of the areas we were visiting, but I don’t recall where.

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    • Katie Marie 8:59 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Seaman Recruit Kate signing on board.

      That was meant to be a cute way of saying you have my support lol XD

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  • Kurt Brindley 5:44 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , board games, cancer, , , chemo brain, , , , , , ,   

    My Chemo Brain Counter-Offensive 

    So… yeah. I’ve been having some chemo brain issues for quite a while now and I’m in search of interesting ways to build up my brain muscle to counter these “cognitive disorder” side-effects, as my neurologist so neatly calls them.

    I’ve never been a board game – or any game for that matter – kind of guy, but I’ve read and I’ve heard anecdotal evidence that board games do help with one’s focus and clarity issues.

    With this anecdotal evidence as my impetus, of course I went to Amazon, the event horizon of the internet, and searched around for what the best board game for my particular interests would be.

    And I found this:

    Cards Against Humanity
     
    As you can see, it tags itself as “A party game for horrible people.” And while I don’t feel that I’m all that horrible, after reading a few of the many thousands of reviews, it does seem like a game that would appeal to my interests.

    Does that make me so horrible?

    That was rhetorical.

    Anyway…

    Which brings me to the point of this pointy post…

    Research, with you being my source information.

    Have you played the game? And if so, what do you think of it? Is it fun? Challenging? Stoopid? Do you feel you have a stronger brain because of your playing it?

    And don’t worry, just because you played the game doesn’t mean I will judge you as a horrible person.

    Necessarily…

    I will, however, admire your courage for admitting it.


    If you’re not familiar with the game, you can learn more about it here.

     
     

     
    • Johanna Rosberg 5:54 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve played the game once at a party. It is horrible, but mostly pretty funny, too! I definitely wouldn’t say that it gave me a stronger brain, though, haha.

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    • V. Gabow 6:10 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      One of my all-time favorite games, if you happen to have a few gutter minded friends as I most definitely do, I’d highly recommend it for some laugh therapy. As Johanna said, I don’t know about a stronger brain, but they say laughter is the best medicine, so maybe? :)

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    • little monkey 7:16 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve played it a few times. With my adult kids and their friends. It’s very very funny, and can be very, very uncomfortable as well, depending on who you are playing with. A Particularly suitable game for those that tend to fall on the snarky side of the spectrum. I think trying to make those unusual associations, and the sheer level of horror/humor at your own depravity exercise the brain. I don’t think I’m a horrible person, but I definitely needed a bath after I play.It’s a symbolic bath, but necessary.

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    • Produce Your Freedom 7:25 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I used to play this quite a bit mostly with college friends having a few adult beverages. It’s really funny and infinitely replay able since it depends more on the group you are playing with than the cards themselves. It can get really creative and the answers people choose and come up with might shock you. Great game, but I wouldn’t count on it to help with brain development. If you like strategy games you might want to check out Settler’s of Catan. A bit geeky but it can be fun.

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    • maggie0019 7:34 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Marbles the Brain store has lots of good puzzles/games to help, too. And Mom recommends taking krill oil, if you aren’t already. As an aside – now Mom wants to get this game and have some evil fun. Woof! Love, Maggie

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    • JJ_Dugger 8:18 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Played, it’s hysterical, and yes horrible, but then my friends and I have a sick sense of humor! Enjoy! Prayers for your healing going up.😀

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    • Christin 11:57 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve played it, & own it. Its my favorite card game! And it’s totally horrible but that’s okay!

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    • Robyn Elliot 5:41 am on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think I could have invented this game. Never heard of it, but will definitely take a look – particularly as it will suit my menopausal brain which renders me with ZERO TOLERANCE over just about everything these days. Kurt, it may not clear the brain fog, but you’ll enjoy the hilarity of hate at least!

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    • kristianw84 9:38 am on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This game is is so funny! I don’t think it strengthened my brain. It is more like an adult version of apples to apples. The more people you play with, the funnier this game is. I don’t think anyone who plays it is a horrible person, it’s all in good fun! ;)

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    • Doug 11:23 am on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite cards are the multiples, where you play two or even three answers to the prompt. You can get really creative with those. Also trying to match your answer to a particular person’s humor is good exercise. It good fun, but rude.

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    • Don Massenzio 10:36 pm on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve played it. It’s a great way to really get to know your friends and family in ways you might not have dreamed. My wife, for instance, was Googling many of the terms. That explains so much.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:22 pm on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        As popular as this game seems to be, I’m surprised I’ve never heard of it before. I’ve lived the sheltered life, I suppose. :)

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    • KatieComeBack 9:08 pm on August 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s an equal-opportunity offender. And I play it with my teenage kids, because I am the coolest mom evah, yo.

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:07 am on April 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer, , , , , , , , , , , , , writing therapy   

    The Power of About 

    THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON MEDIUM


    I may be mistaken, but it is my belief that we’ve all been to that dark, lonely place at least once or twice in our lives where we, and the lives we have led, seem…

    Insignificant.

    Less than.

    Pointless.

    It’s a scary place and one which I suspect, and hope, the majority of us visit only infrequently and fleetingly because our lives are fulfilling and rewarding enough to steer us clear from the depression that can lead us there.

    However, I also suspect that there is a significant minority of us who visit this dark, lonely place more often and for longer periods than most since, according to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 19% of the United States’ adult population experience some degree of mental illness throughout the year [1]. And, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States [2].

    I, myself, became a frequent visitor of this dark, lonely place not long after I began taking high doses of the steroid prednisone to combat a deadly disease that was destroying my lungs, and one which I was given little chance of surviving.

    It was a hard enough to mentally process that my life may soon be ended by an aggressively fatal disease — pretty tough for anyone to process, I would imagine — but couple that bummer news with a steroid that induces psychosis-like side-effects and, yeah… double bummer.

    Consequently, it wasn’t long before I found myself spending nearly as much time in that dark, lonely place as I was out of it.

    It’s hard to explain what I and my mind were going through whenever I visited there. I’m not sure there is a way to describe it wholly in just a few words. It is both a tangible and intangible feeling. A cold feeling sometimes. A heavy feeling other times. But it was almost always a feeling of pointlessness. A feeling of… Why bother?

    I was dying. My body had failed me and I had failed my family. The only thing I felt I was good for now were my less than adequate disability checks. Were I gone, my life insurance payout would have been much more rewarding and helpful for those whom my absence would release from the burdens my illness had placed upon them.

    Yeah… I was down there in that indelible darkness of depression pretty deep.

    Fortunately for me I had a saving grace — several of them, in fact.

    One, the primary one, was a support network of family and friends who loved me, cared for me, and prayed for me.

    Another, was that I like to write.

    The Writing Hand

    The Writing Hand

    I began blogging shortly after my leukemia diagnosis. Nothing too deep or introspective — though scared, I was completely confident I was going survive — just updates to keep my friends and family informed of my health and happenings during my treatment.

    But months later after learning my lungs were slowly dying away as a side-effect result from my bone marrow transplant, and having to begin a hefty prednisone regiment in an effort to slow the dying process down, my positive perspective on things changed significantly.

    Though the drug-induced and drastic mood swings made it difficult to focus, I began to blog more often and about more personal matters. And while I regard my blogging experience during this difficult time as a very beneficial, therapeutic activity — an activity I presume many others regard beneficial as well, for a simple Google search of the term “writing therapy” resulted in around 259,000,000 results — it wasn’t helping me to shake the persistent feeling of irrelevance; of feeling that I others would better off if I were dead.

    Fortunately for me, since I was spending more time thinking deeply about my life for my blog, I eventually began tinkering with my blog’s “About” page.

    And this tinkering proved to be yet one more saving grace; for it led me on a path to try to discover things about myself that others might find interesting enough to inspire them to read more of my writing.

    And once I began thinking in more of a self-promotional, third-person kind of way about my life, I began realizing and rediscovering things about myself that I found to be very special and unique.

    For the next week or so, I stopped blogging altogether and, like a gold digger after finding his first valuable nugget, I worked passionately on mining through my past to dig up and write down all the meaningful nuggets I could find.

    And when I was finally satisfied that my life was properly represented on the page, I began to craft the long, meaningful list of me into a voice that, when others read it, would be heard distinctly as mine.

    When I was finished*, my “About” page was more than just being about me… it was me.

    And even now when reading this long and winding written documentary of me, I am filled with a sense of gratitude and purpose so powerful that, even if I were to once again visit that dark, lonely place, I could never do so feeling as if my life were pointless and without meaning.



    1. https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers
    2. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/major-depression-among-adults.shtml


    *As I live and grow, so too does my “About” page. It will never be finished completely… until I am.

     
  • Kurt Brindley 3:44 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , AML, bone marrow donors, cancer, , , , Donors, , , , , ,   

    On why I choose to refer to those who help fund my film as “Donors”… 

    Admittedly, with these newfangled campaign funding sites such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter, where they have their “Backers” or “FUNders” or whatever else they call those who give money to a money-raising campaign, me referring to my supporters as “Donors” seems a bit anachronistic.

    However, there is a very important reason as to why I do.

    It is, perhaps, a term the most near and dear to my heart…

    For, it wasn’t a “Backer” who was willing to sacrifice her time, effort, and self for someone she didn’t even know…

    It wasn’t a “Backer” who had to take off work, find her way to the hospital, prepare herself mentally for an operation, sign all the forms, wear the silly patient outfit…

    It wasn’t a “Backer” who had to endure the days of pain and discomfort caused by the operation…

    And it wasn’t a “Backer” who blessed me with her bone marrow.

    She was a Donor.

    A Bone Marrow Donor.

    And she saved my life.
     

    Please consider becoming such a selfless and life-giving Donor as is mine.


     

    BONE MARROW DONATION FAQS

     
     

     
    • sanseilife 4:05 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Blood donors, platelet donors, and bone marrow donors. We are here for you.

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    • wscottling 5:01 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I used to donate blood every year. I can’t anymore… they turned me away the last two times I tried. For the life of me, I can’t remember why. >_< I believe it has something to do with the medications I take, but I honestly don't remember.

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:04 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Could be. Seems those requirements change occasionally based upon latest research. You should check to see if you’re able to donate bone marrow. It is as simple as a cheek swab.

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    • theycallmebetty 5:55 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well said! As the spouse of a BMT recipient I echo your statement. Although she is still fighting to survive GvHD, without her donor she wouldn’t be here to fight.

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:11 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sorry to hear she’s having a tough time with the cursed GVHD. If you think she’d like a copy of HOW NOT TO DIE, please email me your mailing address via my contact page and I’ll mail one out to her. Or, I could just email an electric copy if an ebook is better. If you prefer not, I understand. She’ll be in my prayers, regardless… as will you as her caregiver and biggest supporter, theycallmebetty.

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    • Alli Farkas 11:03 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Signed up 20 years ago. Haven’t been needed yet…

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:52 pm on January 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: best sellers, cancer, , , , , , , , , , ,   

    HOW NOT TO DIE: In 13 Easy Steps 

    How Not To Die Book Cover


     

    Inspired by the reception the HOW NOT TO DIE article received, I have now made it available as an ebook edition which is now available, for the time being, exclusively at Amazon.

    While staying true to form of the original article, I have updated the content for clarity and completeness. Additionally, I have included with the edition, relevant poetry from my newly released book of poetry Short Verses & Other Curses: Haiku, Senryū, Tanka & Other Poetic, Artistic, & Photographic Miscellany, as well as a selection of similarly themed short stories from my forthcoming release LEAVE: And Other Stories Short & Shorter.

    Links to all the health-related articles that I have written and posted here can be found near the end of the book.

    Finally, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of HOW NOT TO DIE: In 13 Easy Steps will be donated monthly to my wife’s and my favorite charities and organizations committed to the curing and caring of those suffering from cancer and lung diseases.

    I hope you enjoy the book.


    Note: Even if you don’t have a Amazon Kindle or Fire, you can still read all Kindle products on your computer, tablet, or phone by downloading one of their free reading apps here.

     
     

     
    • Emma Comerford 10:00 am on January 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Is there a non-kindle format of the How Not to Die book?

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:03 am on January 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        If you send me an email through the contact page, I’ll send you a pdf version, if you like. If not, let me know in your email which format you prefer (Apple, etc.) and I’ll get it converted and send it out. — I enrolled it in Amazon’s KDP program so I could give it away upon release; however, it means I can’t publish it on Apple or other formats for three months. Apologies.

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    • Leland Olson Hoel 8:50 pm on January 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Kurt,

      Would you please send me a link to get your book, HOW NOT TO DIE: In 13 Steps PDF version so I can downloaded onto my hard drive? If the main spring don’t break! I would really like to read it and follow your tips on what to do, not to do, in our situations.

      I hope this finds you well. I’m not familiar with all of your history but from what I have read you been tested very soundly, and your armor has been found to be stronger than most, armored vehicles.

      I haven’t invested in any 20, not even 10 year treasury bonds, but I signed up for Blogging 101. I do not how long that takes, hope I’m around her graduation day. :-) :-) :-)

      So long for now, keep your happy face on. Leland

      ________________________________

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:21 am on January 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Leland, thank you , my friend, for always making me smile. Unfortunately, I do not have a link to a pdf version, but if you send me an email through the contact page I’ll happily send you a copy. :)

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    • Megi 9:11 pm on January 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on HappyNest in America and commented:
      Kurt Brindley was diagnosed with leukemia in November of 2009, received a bone marrow transplant in April of 2010, and, as a side-effect to the transplant, was diagnosed with an incurable, non-reversible, and highly fatal form of lung disease in November of that same year.

      Medical statistics did not give him much of a chance to survive.

      But he did.

      He believes he was able to survive this incredible journey he has been on this past five years because he regarded it not as a journey of despair, but as a journey of hope, and as a journey of new opportunities.

      And, while the journey has been filled with many overwhelming challenges and more than a little bit of pain, it has also been filled with many more rewarding experiences and life learning opportunities.

      And learn about life, he did:

      He learned many things, but he especially learned that love and happiness and kindness are all choices that can and must be made. And they must be made for each now for each successive moment one has left to live, however long it may be. For neither the past nor the future matter much when Death is hovering so closely by.

      This journey Kurt has been on this past five years could have been one that led him toward the ultimate end, but instead, it has taken him toward a new understanding of life and of how to live it, which ultimately means he now understands…

      How Not To Die.

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    • Tikeetha T 9:03 am on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love this. Just ordered it. I’ll read it and do a review on my blog if you like.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:34 am on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you very much, Tikeetha, for your kind, encouraging feedback. It would be my honor if you were to review the book.

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:31 am on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: British Invasion, cancer, David Bowie, , legend, mortality, , , , rock star, The Man Who Sold The World   

    #RIPBOWIE – The man who changed the world… 


     

    #sad

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 7:49 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer, , eye disease, , , , , , lists, , , , ,   

    HOW NOT TO DIE: In 13 Easy Steps 

    On this day five years ago, I received the news that a recent lung biopsy showed that my lungs were inflicted with a severe form of graft versus host disease (GVHD) called bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS). BOS, I came to find out, was a known but uncommon side-effect resulting from a bone marrow transplant (for leukemia) that I had had earlier in the year. And by severe I was told it meant the BOS was incurable, non-reversible, and, in most cases, aggressively fatal. I was also told — because I had asked and insisted on an answer — that, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study of the time, BOS had only a 13%, five-year survival rate. In other words, there was an 87% chance that within five years I would be dead.

    Well, it’s been five years and here I am – a newly minted Thirteen Percenter.

    Can a brother get a “Hell yeah?”

    Hell yeah!

    Anyway… at my most recent appointment with my oncologist, in addition to his standard declaration whenever he sees me of, “So, I see you’re still alive,” he also declared that my present condition may just be a miracle of sorts because it appears that my incurable BOS may have actually been cured… somehow.

    I don’t think I would be overstating if I said that, because of all my goings on these past five years – goings on such as leukemia, GVHD (and not just of the lungs, but also of the eyes, liver, and intestines), prednisone side-effects, cytomegalovirus (CMV), and heart failure to name a few – I think I’ve learned a thing or two about life in general and living it in particular.

    Now, if you search around this site, I’m pretty sure you will find that much of my writing, mostly encapsulated in my haiku, reflects a lot of the insights and learning I’ve garnered from these goings on. However, just because I like you all so much and don’t want you to have try to sift through this site for days on end in an effort to discover these insights and learning, and because short, pithy lists are all the rage these days, I will identify for you the top thirteen things I learned about how to not only not die, but mostly about how to best live your life filled with happiness and meaning, regardless whether death is looking you directly in the face or not.

    Cool?

    Okay, so here we go…

    (More …)

     
    • wwwpalfitness 7:56 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      My mother had Leukemia with the highest mortality rate within a year. She went through it all, then was told to do a bone marrow transplant. Being she was clear she was advised to transplant her own bone marrow months before she had it taken out before the transplant to keep any bad reactions. So I know what you went through. She managed to live 15 years and is the third highest on the list of survivors with the deadliest Leukemia. It really was scary but she squandered the gift she was given, sadly.

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    • devenbhagwandin 8:02 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing piece. Amazing read. I hope you don’t mind, I shared this on my FB. Everyone should read this.

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    • KIA 8:03 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Inspiring and hopeful. Cancer deserves the beat down

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    • Joy Pixley 8:05 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Happy to give you a big HELL, YEAH! And wow, what a great list of things to remember to do — as you say, it may not help us live longer, but any one of those is likely to make you live better in whatever time you have left. Congrats on still being alive and kicking death’s ass.

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      • Kurt Brindley 8:15 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks so much, Joy. Your hell yeah is awesome and greatly appreciated. :)

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        • Joy Pixley 8:44 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          I actually had the opposite experience with the odds with my (much less serious) thyroid cancer diagnosis. Through asking a lot of questions and reading all the published medical studies on my treatment options and then conducting a statistical meta-analysis of them (because that’s how I roll), I determined that I had about an 88% chance of doing fine if I chose a less aggressive treatment that would allow me better life quality (i.e., keep the other half of my thyroid and not depend on pills the rest of my life). My doctors recommended the most aggressive treatment possible, because that’s the only speed they understand, but they went along with my decision. Well, turns out I was in the 12% failure category and not the 88% success category. Someone has to be, and this time it was me. So two years later I was back getting the more aggressive treatment. My endocrinologist said this proved that I was “wrong,” but that just shows that he doesn’t understand statistics or predictions. Anyway, I’m fine now, total remission, down to checks only every two years. Can’t complain about that!

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          • Kurt Brindley 9:32 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

            Hell yeah! Def cannot complain about that… or in the way you roll. Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing that, Joy.

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    • Carol Dunnigan 8:23 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hell yeah! And now I don’t feel so bad about my lung biopsy last year. I heard that people have died from what I had/have, but I’m one of the lucky ones. So glad you’re still here with us!

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    • persoinpoesia2015 8:27 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      HELL YEAH!! to the infinity

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    • KIA 8:32 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on The Recovering Know It All and commented:
      This is an Amazing Story of Living in the Face of Death. Aren’t we all? But this brother is daily Snatching Victory from the Jaws of ‘certain’ Defeat. Life is precious and sweet. Life to the fullest every moment you have. -KIA

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    • k~ 8:40 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      The inspirational voices that are heard from those people, like you, that look death in the eye and tell it to take a hike (okay sometimes the verbs are a bit stronger) deserve attention. Your attitude, and consistent strength is worth so much to people who hear the results and accept that they will never be the “thirteen percent” that you have claimed as yours. Kudos to you for your ability to love, laugh, and live in the face of choices between faith and giving in.

      I saw that you did not mind another sharing your post on FB, so I have done the same. This is inspirational to me, and I imagine it will be to many more.

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    • Kim Hurst 8:58 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s my HELL YEAH! I feel blessed to have read this will be passing it on!

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:41 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hell yeah! indeed. It goes without saying, sister, that your love and prayers are integral to me being here right now. :)

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    • pezoldo 9:08 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      My mother just got the news that she’ll likely make the 8% 5-year-survival rate for her particular brand of cancer… good to know that there are others out there beating the odds right alongside her! Great to hear the news :)

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    • juniperpine 9:13 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, Yeah!!! Thank you for the 13, plus one, steps.

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    • Satin Sheet Diva 9:20 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      AMEN. And may I say, Im thankful that you are around to post such insight. This was a message I needed to read.

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    • Julie Senita 9:30 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      So glad to hear your inspiring story Kurt and words of wisdom that we can all live by. Blessings my friend for sharing it with others and giving hope. Take care and be well!

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    • writingblissfully 9:42 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations! And oh hell yeah! :-) Truly inspiring!

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    • seanpatrickwhiteley 9:55 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Simply amazing. There is nothing else to say. Good on ya, man!

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    • niaaeryn 9:59 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations! That is excellent news and inspirational advice. :)

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    • tpesce2015 10:49 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hard won wisdom. Generously shared. Thank you, warrior!

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    • Allen 10:54 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome piece — this is very inspiring! I’m definitely making a point to express gratitude and to appreciate everything that life has to offer.

      And yes, at the very least, you definitely deserve a “Hell, yeah!” :-)

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:02 am on November 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hell yeah… thank you very much, Allen. I really appreciate you taking the time leave me such a kind, encouraging comment. :)

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    • Lilka Raphael 11:44 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a testimony! Great post that certainly puts things in their proper perspective.
      Thanks for sharing your story. B Blessed!!!

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    • Karina Pinella 12:10 am on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Keep on kicking!

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    • Annie 7:06 am on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hell yeah! Thanks for sharing this, and for the reminder.

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    • hilsart 7:11 am on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much for that Kurt. And may you have a brilliant day – and week – and month – and years ahead of you.

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    • Mike Fuller Author 8:00 am on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      14. The Powerball numbers will be…

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    • Suburban Leaves 8:23 am on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      A great read, thank you Kurt. This was for me a little nudge to reposition my perspective. Take care.

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    • Mike Hartley 10:50 am on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hell Yeah Kurt. Continue loving each day and each person in your life. I’ll look at your list to remind me along the way and try to add to it. Love your positive message but also really like the picture. Here’s to many more days and finding the best in each.

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    • Robyn 12:06 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, it’s all about you, you, you, isn’t it.
      But, dude, seriously…you rock. x

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    • Aimer Boyz 12:34 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Smart advice on how to live life whether we’re ill or not. Stay healthy :)

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    • wscottling 1:04 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll give you a hell yeah. and a step 14. Gather the Dragon Balls. ^_^

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:55 am on November 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Haha… Thank you, my friend. I better ask my sons how to best gather those suckers. :)

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    • Leland Olson Hoel 1:11 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “Hell yeah!” and “Hell yeah”
      Amen and Amen also! God is GOOD all the time.

      I like the picture of the invincible Kurt in the baseball cap better. You put a lot of thought into your How Not T o Die In 13 Easy Steps. It should be a must read for everyone. I have been a spinal cord injury survivor for 54 years because I don’t play by the doctors rule book. I have pretty much done what I felt like doing, and control pain without drugs so far. If a person is busy they forget about the pain, and stay half way in shape, that sounds kind of flip but has worked well for me.

      Stephanie Butland said, “Bah To Cancer.” I like your reply better, more meaningful and straightforward.

      Best wishes, My hope is, we will both be blogging till the cows come home.

      PS
      The National Institutes of Health (NIH) told me in 1985, I have a rare spinal cord disorder, Syringomyelia, caused by my spinal fracture in 1964. Still keep on keepin on tho???????????????

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    • k rawson 1:42 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Truly marvelous post, Kurt. Thanks for putting this out there.

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    • amariesilver 2:14 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Beautifully said! So glad you’re still with us!

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    • maggie0019 2:44 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      wonderful. simply, wonderful. Woof!

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    • Clara Erving 3:22 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      hell yeah! Congratulations and here’s to five plus more years of life and love with your wife and family!!

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    • avwalters 4:09 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Good rules for living….regardless of the circumstances. Hang in there.

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    • raphaela99 4:12 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great news! I adore your list too!

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    • Alli Farkas 11:03 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      My personal philosophy on dying, courtesy of Alan Alda: I know I’m going to die, but not in my lifetime.

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    • Elusive Trope 1:22 am on November 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hell yeah!

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    • Lori 8:21 am on November 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You’re an inspiration and I’m so happy to have you as a friend! Keep that finger high!

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:45 am on November 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Haha… Yes, the finger will remain high and pointed. My circle of real friends outside the virtual world of the internet is small… so glad you are within it. :)

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    • EKS 11:40 am on November 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am glad you are still here to tell your story… and… well we are too old to die young.

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    • The Vintage Vixen 4:50 pm on November 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hell YEAH!!! Keep kicking death’s ass!!! Prayers and blessings to you, Sir!!!

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    • jacquelineobyikocha 10:53 pm on November 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Quite informative. Thank you.

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    • Tony Martin 2:24 pm on November 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Kurt How we doing? I love your posts man i really do. I have nominated you for a LIebster Award, i know you may not qualify cause your like way up there lol, but hey change of the times. I hope you will accept dude.
      Be Amazing XxX

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    • marina kanavaki 6:19 pm on November 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, Kurt, not a ‘Thirteen Percenter’, you are YOU and there’s only one thing I can think of you should keep on doing and that is: being YOU! Thank you for sharing, my friend.

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:34 am on November 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Haha… thank you, marina. For good or bad, I suppose I shall continue on doing just that to the best of my ability… :)

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    • CJ 6:06 pm on November 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on What's wrong with me? and commented:
      Along the lines of my post yesterday, here is a list worth reading!

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    • MjBee 2:58 am on November 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on MyShadowWeighsATonne.

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    • dreamingever 7:54 pm on November 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on everthedreamerblog and commented:
      Here is a truly inspirational article from a man who has looked Death in the face. God bless you, Kurt. Wishing you the best!

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    • bryanknower 8:05 am on November 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for following my blog. I found this post inspiring. Very best wishes to you.

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    • nickiek16 9:26 pm on November 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I just want to say Thank You for giving me a ray of hope. I was diagnosed with BOS 2 years ago after a bone marrow transplant and was told the same odds of 5 year survival rate. I also have gvhd of the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes and have had a couple near death experiences due to the BOS. I was just recently turned down for a lung transplant because they said that I was not well enough to receive it as of now. I struggle everyday to do the simplest of things. Just as you were saying, it is a struggle to even put on a pair of socks. After reading this I truly feel that there may still be a chance that I can be a 13%er too!! I was wondering if you would be willing to share with me some of the treatments that you tried? I am currently on predinsone, many antibiotics, an inhaler and getting ready to get back on cellcept. Again, thank you for your inspiring words!

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      • Kurt Brindley 6:25 pm on November 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hello, nickiek16. So sorry to hear about your condition. I was on prednisone for the first year but knew right from the start that I had to get off it as soon as I could. I began taking montelukast (singulair) along with azythromicin and Bactrim for the lungs and about six months after starting that regiment I was able to be weaned off the prednisone. I did go through ECP treatments two times a week for nearly two years but I stopped doing that almost two years ago now. I continue to take the S, A, & B along with gleevac (to prevent the leukemia from returning) and Valtrex (for shingles prevention). I written a lot about my health if you’re interested in searching this site but if you want any further info, please feel free to email me through the contact page. Best of luck to you, friend. Stay positive and try to exercise the best you can and as often as you can. ~ Kurt

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    • egbertstarr 11:26 am on November 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Your words here are so important for those who have not had to endure or suffer grave illnesses themselves, bestowing upon us wisdom that can only awaken the soul and mind. Thank you. It’s a good wake up, like being splashed with fresh water.

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    • f2fwiththesky 5:39 pm on November 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This has to be my favorite blog article I have found on WordPress so far!!!! Thank you for sharing your hard-won wisdom. It means a lot to read it. Facing death, and reflecting on life not with romanticism, but with honesty and hope…that takes courage. Honesty is so important; it is easy to romanticize life and healing. “Embracing Modernity” is a form of being honest about healing–some “hippie stuff” works, and it’s on point much of the time, but there have been times in my life when my world has been crashing down and I just needed some modern medicine already. Balance. Thank you!

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:32 pm on November 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you very much for taking the time to leave me such a kind, encouraging comment, f2fwiththesky. It’s truly appreciated.

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    • egbertstarr 1:04 pm on November 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Part of the point of it all is to share our experiences and suffering with others so that they may avoid unnecessary pain and suffering—if possible— themselves. That, to me, is the essence of what sharing is. So, thank you for your generosity.

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    • Pamela Spiro Wagner 7:33 pm on November 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Kurt,

      I just wanted to tell you that having just gotten out of the state hospital yesterday i found that you had followed my blog a month ago, while i was hospitalized. This incredible post of yours is the first of anyone’s i have read since my discharge and it was a needed shot in the arm ( though given the state hospital’s propensity to force medications and use mechanical restraints and locked door seclusion, that may not be the best metaphor under the circumstances). Thank you for your wisdom and having the kindness to follow Wagblog, which must seem seared with bitterness and rage by comparison.

      If i can figure out how to reblog this, i will do so immediately on Wagblog, as my first effort at positive thinking. I cannot thank you enough.

      MTFFGBWYA – or May The Forces For Good Be With You Always. (My subsitute for God Bless you.)

      Pamela Spiro Wagner

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:20 pm on November 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Pamela. Thanks so much for sharing this and for emphasizing more clearly how relative life is. Your strength and determination is evident and exemplary. I too have many bitter-written posts littered throughout this blog; though now I am able to regard them less as bitter and more as therapeutic. I really appreciate your kind, encouraging comments. Thank you – Stay well and stay strong.

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    • Pamela Spiro Wagner 7:36 pm on November 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on WAGblog: Dum Spiro Spero and commented:
      This is an incredibly uplifting and inspiring post by Kurt Brindley.

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    • nugget59 2:50 pm on December 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I like your style! Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my blog. Given that you have “kicked Death’s ass” more than once, I expect your time is precious. I appreciate it very much that you spent some of it on me. :o)

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    • grannyspider 7:50 pm on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Grandmother Spider and commented:
      Kurt knows how to live. Thank you for your sharing your wisdom.

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    • Forever Alaskan 1:01 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is an amazing piece which I am going to ‘reblog’ on my site as it is too important and well written not to share! Although I have yet to truly face death I recently was reminded of my own mortality thanks to a fall that seriously fractured my left radius and ulna. Ultimately I required orthopedic surgery and now have a plate and six bone screws as reminders that I’m no longer ’18 and invincible’! The wisdom in this piece is deep and well crafted; a wonderful blend of experience, philosophy and perspective. I so much concur with much of what was expressed and I keep a three CD set of Dr. Wayne Dyer’s “There’s A Spiritual Solution To Every Problem” in my car for long drives. It certainly ‘feels’ as though you have discovered a simple yet immeasurably powerful secret which I only truly came to embrace a few years back: ‘Attitude is Everything!’. I’d often read about this but until I really came to live it I found it to just be some interesting words. Now it forms the foundation of my existence. Thanks so much for creating this masterpiece!!

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:22 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        This makes me very happy, Forever Alaskan. I truly appreciate you taking the time to read, comment, and share the piece. I’m humbled by your kind, encouraging words.

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    • Forever Alaskan 1:03 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Rualli and commented:
      This is a truly memorable piece which contains deep wisdom and amazing perspective. I humbly reblog it because it is so very meaningful and offers a well crafted synopsis of a plan to enhance one’s life that is relatively simple and easy to understand.

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    • Cathy 5:19 pm on December 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Firstly I’d like to add to the collection oh Hell Yeah’s and then to say thank you for the list – wise words and good advice that I will try to add to my own list for moving forward in life. Happy and healthy 2016 to you.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:05 am on December 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome. Thanks so much for your “Hell Yeah,” Cathy. It really means a lot to me, as do your kind, encouraging feedback and well wishes. I hope for you the best year ever in 2016.

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        • Forever Alaskan 11:09 am on December 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          Your piece is really lighting up my site, Kurt! I’ve shared its existence with a number of folks who do not follow blogs and to a person they were blown away by your perspective, your experience and your wisdom. Just a truly wonderful piece that I suspect will continue to positively impact people’s lives for a long time coming. Thanks again for creating such an inspirational and useful piece!

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          • Kurt Brindley 11:36 am on December 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

            Hey, thanks for letting me know, FA; and thanks for sharing it – it makes me happy to know you’ve furthered its reach. :)

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    • Grandtrines 4:21 am on December 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Lost Dudeist Astrology and commented:
      Wow! That was REALLY good!

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    • Tracy Bezesky 12:38 pm on January 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations for remaining here with longer than anyone thought you could, and for making that gift worthwhile! Keep it up!

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    • faithbradytravel 11:51 am on January 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hell yeah! Your beautiful words of wisdom are my inspiration today. Life is truly a gift every day but it’s incredibly easy to let people or other factors get you down – but not today. Thank you :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:55 am on January 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        And your kind, encouraging words have inspired me deeply, faithbradytravel. Thanks so much for taking the time to share them with me.

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    • Arlene Powers 5:26 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hell yeah! I am totally with you. After a stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis last September, I am taking on the WAR with cancer, and I am going to kick butt! Glad there are others out there who picked cancer’s butt!!!! Love the book, will be following your journey too!

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      • Kurt Brindley 6:43 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hell yeah! right back at ya, Arlene. Thanks so much for sharing your kind, inspiring comment and keep us posted as you continue kicking cancer’s butt. Awesomeness. :)

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        • Arlene Powers 6:55 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Oops, kicked cancer’s butt. Just another day in my Lucy Riccardo life! So I am starting a new art project today, have been doing smaller projects that I can finish in a few days…first the pastel bird drawings, then the dreamcatchers, now I am starting to draw small drawings for Christmas cards next year, so everyone on my list will get an original instead of a print. Stay tuned, will post on blog.

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    • ellen3625 11:14 am on January 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll give you a “Hell Yeah”. My husband also had a sever form of cancer that was not supposed to go away and it has been 6 years without cancer. We attribute the animals and plants for healing him and have spent those years using our gifts and talent to help homeless dogs. Thanks for following The Journey of Phillip, the Forgotten, to Phillip the Fabulous, on wackedoutonweeds.com. Be Well, Ellen

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    • shivasiddula 7:27 am on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great insight and wonderful expressions Kurt Brindley. A good reference for people to follow when sick or depressed. A doctor is just a trained person and a knowledgeable doctor knows his/her limitations. Nature is great. As you said we are all connected in this Universe. Positive vibes always result in better life and happiness. When we do not know facts behind some occurrence it is miracle. Unraveled mystery is science. I experienced the benefit of prayers. When my ability to help my clients is limited I always ask them to pray. Some feel it funny. But that is my last resort for a better life.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:55 pm on March 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your kind words, shivasiddula. Prayer and meditation, for me, are both a first and a last resort when it comes to healing…and most other things, too. :)

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        • shivasiddula 10:58 am on March 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          I am a medical professional. First I do my best then pray for Almighty’s help. I do meditate regularly that calms and keeps me peaceful.

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:46 am on May 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bronchialitist obliteran syndrome. health, cancer, , , , , , , pulmonary function test,   

    Breathin’ Easy 

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    Reporting live from the Johns Hopkins Pulmonary Function Test Lab

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:59 pm on March 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer, , , , , , ,   

    The Capital of Care 

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    Reporting live from the National Institutes of Health

     
  • Kurt Brindley 3:36 pm on February 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer, fitness, , , , , , , , weight lifting   

    No Excuses… 

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    Except excuses...

    #notetoself

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 1:33 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer, chicken wings, , , nachos, , , , predictions, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, ,   

    You Make the Call… 

    My heart says the Patriots only because I do not like repeat champions – unless of course it were the Browns…hey! stop laughing! – but my head says the Seahawks just because their defense is so dominant, Lynch nearly unstoppable, and Russell Wilson the Wizard is a football phenom of magical madness – and seems to be an all around good guy; his work with children with cancer is very heart warming and inspiring.

    So, I can live with either team winning but mostly I hope for an exciting game, a great half-time performance (though I don’t know much about Katy Perry except that she’s lucky to have married Russell Brand because when they divorced he didn’t take her to the cleaners by not cleaning out half of her bank earnings), and awesome commercials…

    Yup, I’m about as American as one can be when it comes to the Super Bowl, including the nachos, wings, and other delectable Bowls of Super Snacks and other Scrumptiousness.

    Yeah, I know…all the issues and controversy surrounding the NFL are very worrisome. That Ray Rice video is just gross and that sort of vicious behavior cannot be tolerated, not just in the NFL, but in all sectors of society. Perhaps we should address this issue further as a #ThoughtfulThursday prompt.

    So, in an effort to make an awkward transition from such seriousness as domestic violence to such trivial things as football fun…

    Which team do you pick to win? And for those of you truly daring, tell us in the comment section what your final score predictions is.

    As for me, I’ll go with the heart and pick the Patriots over the Seahawks by a score of 35 to 31!

     
     

     
    • Josh Wrenn 2:27 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Seahawks 21, Patriots 17. I don’t think the Seahawks defense will fall for the tricks the Patriot’s offense destroyed the Colts with. I also don’t see the Seahawks giving up when they get behind. I don’t like Brady, I think he’s been set up to win. I do like what I know about Wilson. That said, I don’t really like what the league has done to this game (making it tougher for Defense, because the audience likes more scoring), so I barely care at all this year.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:50 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, it does seem like SS is a team of destiny. As for the rule changes, some of the motivation may have been for higher scoring games; and some of it may also be to reduce the head injuries because if their image in this regard doesn’t improve it is going to seriously impact the league’s long-term viability.

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        • Josh Wrenn 3:25 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          Some certainly, but the Tuck Rule, & not calling blatant offensive holding is just a way to make it easier for teams to score.

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    • mojoshawn 2:31 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always been a defense wins games guy so I’ll have to go with the Seahawks. My score…24-21.

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    • mojoshawn 2:47 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on mojoshawn and commented:
      Great take on the big game by Kurt!

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    • kirizar 4:01 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You neglected to offer an option to abstain from the vote on the grounds that some people have absolutely no clue that the Super Bowl is taking place. We are huddled in our homes waiting for the mania to subside.

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    • beapositive 4:51 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Patriots because Belichick…is a mastermind football coach, Gronk. Is phenomenal, Tom Brady has a beautiful smile (and is a pretty darn good, elite QB). Like you, i’m not crazy about repeats unless it was Peyton ‘ s Broncos.
      Here’s to a competitive game to end the season and decent commercials!

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:08 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Concur. I just wish Belichick’s masterful mind would have presented itself during his tenure as Browns’ coach.

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    • PrairieChat 5:03 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      If the commercials are good, we all win!

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    • northerndesert 6:25 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Seahawks, they are the Team of Destiny at the moment.

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    • mojoshawn 10:14 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Who was closest to the score, Kurt?

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    • PunkysPicks 3:31 am on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m from Boston and I’m a survivor of Domestic Violence. I’ve rebuilt my life and am remarried to my husband, who is from Baltimore. We live in Los Angeles!!! I recently lost my mother and before she died, we were watching the Patriots games. This win today allowed me to relive some poignant moments of other Patriot Super Bowl wins that reminded me of my mother. I absolutely love this post! It’s Magnificent! #bostonstrong😉

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      • Kurt Brindley 8:21 am on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I really appreciate you taking the time to share that, PunkysPicks. Your strength and compassion are an inspiration. Now I’m especially glad that they got the win for mom. Thank you.

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    • By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff 7:45 am on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Except for the brawl at the end, incredible, fantastic game!!!! Yay PATS :) :) :) :) :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:11 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , blessings, cancer, , , , , Pet Rescue and Adoption, , , ,   

    I’d like to introduce you to my little friends… 

    The boys at play

    Brothers at play


    Friends and new family members, that is…

    While we have quite the cat already – Jack Kerouac – whom I introduced some time ago and can be found as part of Photography page’s gallery collection, I am and always have been a dog man…besides, Kero-chan will have nothing to do with me as he is wholly devoted to the lovely and loving wife, and who can blame him.

    But that is fine by me. As a true dog man I can remember clearly all my dog buddies who were there for me all throughout my life. My first dog as a child was an old hound dog named Mickey. I remember with fondness how his tail would always slap at me whenever he was happy. And while all my dogs were great friends to me, my bestest of best friend of all was our last dog Shikibu, a tiny little snowball of Maltese magic.

    Shikibu

    Murasaki Shikibu

    There are several reasons I am still here on earth after all the leukemia and lung disease as a result of the bone marrow transplant BS. First and foremost is that Universal Power Source of Infinite and Abiding Love we often refer to as God answering all the many, many prayers from all who love me in the form of my lovely and loving wife’s angelic grace and care, and a close second was Shikibu’s love and devotion to me throughout all that BS. Rarely could I leave my chair throughout all that BS, and rarely was Shikibu not by my side throughout all the BS…tucked away snugly, seemingly impossibly so sometimes, between my left hip and the arm of my recliner. Although eternally a puppy in looks and demeanor, she was an elderly lady when the cancer bug got me in 2009, and she was there for me through the worst of it. She died in 2011, not long after we all pretty much realized that I was going to be hanging around a little bit longer after all. She had many serious illnesses herself toward the end but it is my firm belief she held on long enough to know that I was going to be okay. It took me a long time to get over her passing; though I’m not sure that I really am…or ever will be. But recently I had finally reached a point where I was in need of more canine companion.

    We knew we wanted a rescue puppy (it had to be a healthy puppy as I have enough issues of my own for my lovely and loving wife to attend to) and we knew we were going to be patient in the process. I did not realize, though, just how patient we’d have to be. I did most of my puppy searching through http://www.petfinder.com – it’s a very helpful place as it allows targeted search options. Still, I had no idea there are so many dogs in need out there. It took a lot of time. Always getting close, but never getting the cigar, so to speak. We’d find a pup we all could agree only to find that it was either too far away or that someone had just adopted it or any other multitudinous hurdles of a reason. It started to become tedious so we decided that we were going to wait until springtime to continue the search. That way we wouldn’t have to potty train a puppy in the snow. But a couple of days ago I just fired up the link on a whim and right away I came upon “Stella’s Boys” and that was pretty much all she wrote. We found exactly the pup we were looking for…the mostest cutest Plott Hound mix puppies you’ve ever seen

    I wanted another hound dog, in honor of Mickey. One son wanted a Retriever for their loyalty and playfulness. And the other son wanted a brindle coated dog because of their unique look and cool name: brindle ~ Brindley …get it? And the wife did not want a horse-sized dog. All these desires came together courtesy of the awesome folks at the Delaware Puppy and Pet Rescue, Inc. Remembering the other pups we lost out on because of delay, I quickly filled out the online Adoption Contract and waited hopefully for the call back, which came on Saturday in the form of an email from Dianne, a hero and angel of a foster mom to the puppies, and many others, saying that we had passed the background check – a call to the references I provided and our local Vet – and invited us to her home to meet with the boys.

    Yesterday we made the beautiful two-hour drive to Landenberg, Pennsylvania. If we hadn’t been on such a mission, the wife and I could have easily spent the entire day taking pictures, as the countryside drive was so pleasantly pastoral. But we were on a mission and as soon as we got to Dianne’s home and I saw all the cute puppies, I knew we were coming home with more than one.

    And we did. And now I once again have my much needed and appreciated canine companion…thankfully so.

    While I can pretty much guarantee you won’t be seeing many more, if any more, pictures of Kero-chan here, I cannot make that same guarantee about the newest members to our family. And while she will always be my bestest of friend and I will forever miss her, I’m pretty sure Shikibu, up in doggy heaven with Mickey, Kipper, Colonel Kish, Juno, and Sebastian, is perfectly okay with that.

    Now whether Kero-chan is okay with the invasion…well, that’s a different story.

    Puppies at rest

    Brothers at rest

     
    • Jewels 1:15 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love fur babies!!!!

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    • Mike Fuller Author 1:28 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Puppies are proof that God has a heart, and lots of paper towels.

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    • livingonchi 1:32 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s perfectly adorable!

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    • wscottling 1:34 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      They’re adorable.

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    • hafeezajaffer 1:39 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      They are adorable! Your previous dogs will be happy you are giving a forever home to rescues.

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    • InfiniteZip 1:40 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      How absolutely precious!!!!!

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    • kanzensakura 1:43 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful story, incredibly happy conclusion. I too survived cancer that should haved killed me but thanks be to God snd all the prayers on my behalf, I did not. My healing and recuperation was closely monitored by my Pugsley cat, a stray I saved. He repaid me with a gentle but humorous love and his caregiving. Several years ago, he died from cancer and I could do nothjng except love him and end his pain. I miss him still. These precious animals teach us so much. My husba d says Pugs is the only cat he met he ever liked.

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    • suecoletta 2:32 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats on your new buddy. They are all adorable!

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    • lobhana 2:34 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love them all!!!!

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    • cindygurmann 2:36 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love love! I am a dog person as unfortunately I am very allergic to cat dander. My Yorkie, Jackson although 13 still steals my slippers and socks, chases squirrels and pigeons- he actually caught one once and had absolutely no idea what to do with the squirming feathers beneath him so let the poor bird go. They give so much and in return will always have our hearts- great piece! Cindy

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    • angelic request therapy 2:48 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wow!!!

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    • http://theenglishprofessoratlarge.com 3:21 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations on your new family members! They’re a handsome lot.

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    • gabriel360live 3:24 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      They are so adorable. :)

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    • partandparcel2014 4:33 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, thank you so much for following! Looking forward to read your blogs!

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    • Ritu 4:42 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      They’re gorgeous!

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    • 2015chronicles 5:09 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing photos of the new family members. And thanks for the great story on how you all got together. I Enjoy your blogs.
      Best wishes,
      JR

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    • PaulXylinides, May the mermaids sing to you ... 5:33 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Aurelius! Your recent Stoicus haiku caused me to purchase a copy of the emperor’s Meditations for a friend’s birthday who, by the way, claims there are no such things as coincidences. I am of another mind, but nonetheless … and quite the future statesman and philosopher he looks.

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    • Redzenradish 7:23 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Such beautiful babies! Nothing like the healing power of animals in our lives….We save them, but often they save us.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 9:36 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great post and pics. The world would be a better place if we all aspired to be dogs.

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    • tanyafyfe 10:28 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful! Double the fun and they can be companions for each other as well. Congratulations!

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    • lizabethf 3:29 am on January 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      They are beautiful!

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    • weggieboy 8:43 am on January 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Kudos for getting rescue pups, and two beautiful ones at that! They will more than pay you back in love and joy, but you know that!

      I had a similar situation when I agreed to take one kitten after my my orange tabby Louie died, and, before it was over, agreed to take his brother as well because “he plays well with his brother Andy [the first kitten].”

      Though there were some rough spots initially with their health, they both survived and thrived. I an’t imagine not having the two now, they are so integral to my daily life!

      A home without critters is a sad place.

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    • Shelly 10:30 am on January 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Nothing like the unconditional love that dogs have for their humans! Congratulations on the addition of your new family members. They are beautiful.

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    • blackdragon80 6:57 am on January 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Soooo cute!! :)

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    • John 10:21 am on January 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You are blessed with the sweetest philosophers, Kurt–and Lady Purple is the queen of the lot.

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  • Kurt Brindley 2:39 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ads, , , cancer, , consumers, , sympathy, themes, WordAds, ,   

    I sure hope you don’t mind, but… 

    I’ve just been accepted into WordPress’s WordAds program.

    I know, I know…

    But, hey, I am an American of the US and you know how we like to market and consume and to consume and market.

    Besides, you’re talking to (well, not really but you know what I mean) a guy on disability who needs the extra coin.

    And oh yes I did just play the disability card.

    Snap!

    The way I see it, playing the disability card is kind of like cigarettes — smoke ’em if you got ’em!

    Anyway, to better accommodate things, I’m going to be changing up to a new theme.

    Which stinks because I really love this theme.

    But it’s probably gonna be a bit messy for a bit until I get things laid out all proper like.

    I’m pretty sure some of you are gonna bail on me over this and I am very sorry for that.

    You will be missed.

    Sincerely.

    But you know what they say…

    A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do…

     
    • kbailey374 2:42 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      So is this your first “under the axe” blog? It looks nice, it reads well, sooo I guess you’re doing ok, “for a girl.” ;)

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:17 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I have no idea what an “under the axe” blog is but thank you for the nice compliment. :)

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    • Julia Manuel 2:43 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What is the Word Ads program Kurt?

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:15 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        It’s a WordPress advertising program that, if accepted, allows you to monetize your site. WordPress already advertises on your site, if you join this program, there will be more ads but you will get a cut of the profit. You have to meet the threshold of monthly page view requirements before they will accept you. You can learn all you need to know here http://wordads.co/

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    • christopher allman 2:43 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hey man! Congrats!

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    • John Kraft 2:47 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      When you have a disability you have to get on with your life as best you can. My disability got me a college education, courtesy of the Vocational Rehab programs. Otherwise I never would have gotten the education that helped me to climb to the bottom of the corporate ladder.

      Go for it!

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:09 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Way to lead by example, John! Thanks for the encouragement. I really appreciate it.

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    • PaulXylinides, May the mermaids sing to you ... 2:50 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      How do the economics of a word ads program compare to a donation box? Considering that yours is more than a go to site but a hub for the rest of us maybe we can outbid the big ad boys.

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:07 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        You Canadians are so nice. I have no idea how the two will compare in the future but right now they are equals: 0 for 0. But my money is on the AdWords money in the long run. Not everyone is as nice as a Canadian. Perhaps a more correct way to say that is, “Most everyone is not as nice as a Canadian. :)

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    • sweetpea2love 3:08 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I won’t be bailing on ya… Good luck with your new blog layout housekeeping…Take care and happy blogging to ya…

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    • SandySays1 3:20 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This dog will hang in with your pack. So will my human – BTW his Christmas gift to you from me and he is at http://www.dlhavlin.wordpress.com

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    • Laura L. 3:48 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Um, in context it sounds like a Congrats! is appropriate but my initial response was, “wtf is a WordsAd?” :) Meh, format changes are fun. I’ll stick around.

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    • Mary Jane Kinkade 4:16 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations!

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    • Alli Farkas 4:35 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      If you haven’t already, you should read “Who Owns the Future?” by Jaron Lanier. You now fit right in with the future in the digital age. Some day we all might be paid for sharing our data, as well we ought to.

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:55 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        It’s all about the data… Folds in nicely with NextDraft’s lead.

        Thanks for the recommendation, Alli. Sounds like something within my wheelhouse of interests.

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    • herdthinner 7:24 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats on your new adventure!

      For the record, I only dump blogs if
      a) WordPress does it for me, because it sometimes randomly decides on its own that I don’t need to follow a particular blog
      or
      b) the person writes constantly and crowds out my feed. I don’t “scroll to load more,” so if I’m missing the rest of the gang because of blog hogs, then I unfollow.

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    • orples 9:39 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck Kurt. I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to switch from WordPress to GoDaddy this past week. I’m not sure why and what the problem is, but hope to have it solved soon. I hope you don’t run into such headaches switching themes. Let me know, because I may have to do that too. ;)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:16 am on December 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, I’m an old hand at changing themes. Not too long ago I used to self-host; and since I never had much traffic, I’d change themes like I’d change socks. Didn’t have to worry about impacting anyone. Little different now.

        Good luck self-hosting. Tough gig. Hope you can make it work. :)

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    • MantisShrimp 2:37 am on December 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      :) WordAds is non-intrusive, I am sure no-one would mind. What really pisses me off is sites sites that split their posts to 23 pages and have you click “next” 23 times (to display 23 x 4 ) Ads. Now that is annoying.

      Goodluck with your site and with making some money :)

      Could you let me know how long it took for your site to get accepted to WordAds? I would like to add your site to my post about WordAds here:

      http://humanbreeds.com/2014/10/13/wordads-advertising-on-wordpress/

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    • kanzensakura 9:28 pm on December 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, how do I get a ticket on this gravy train?.. bail, I’m gonna try t o get a ticket…and I’m gonna use the unemployed (snap) and the senior Thang (snap snap). Good luck with t h e new theme. It’ll be fine.

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    • donatodorazio 9:35 pm on December 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:23 pm on November 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Fond Farewell to a Friend, Brittany Maynard, cancer, , death with dignity, , Elliot Smith, , , , , , terminally ill   

    A Sad Song to Make You Smile ~ In Remembrance of Brittany 

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:17 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: breast cancer, cancer, , , , , , men's issues, , , , ,   

    Cancer isn’t pink…and neither is football 

    Cancer isn't pink

     
    • burlwhitman 12:49 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Love it.

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    • peeversandpenguins 2:12 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hang in there!

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    • wifemothersurvivor 6:36 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Nope. The actual color for universal cancer is purple :) As a survivor, I am sick unto death of the pinkwashing that is October! Nobody even knows/wants to know that October is also liver cancer awareness month, huh?
      Good luck, and hang in there. Healing vibes your way.

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 10:13 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Seriously…my pink protest has only just begun.

        And thank you for the healing vibes. Definitely hanging in there. Doing quite well actually.

        The picture in the post was from earlier in the year when my heart took a hit from the cancer drug I take as a prophylactic.

        Thanks for stopping by, wifemothersurvivor.

        Be well.
        #iamthatiam

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    • john flanagan 8:19 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Strength and healing to you

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    • J 12:21 am on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Stay tough, Kurt.
      I too am sick of the general pinkitude of October.

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 9:56 am on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Seriously. For some reason, probably all the slick overbearing marketing and all drowning everything in pink, this breast cancer campaign reminds me of Catch-22’s Milo Mindbender. Why have enough when you can have more than enough…

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    • InfiniteZip 5:38 am on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Cancer sucks…sending healing thoughts that have no pink in them :) chemo sucks too but bald is beautiful :)

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    • sherinsk 1:11 am on October 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know what to say kurt.I am from south india and if you ask me can god heal everyone the answer is yes but is he doing that-No.why?I really don’t know.i will pray.
      Now i can really see why you liked my old age home haiku.Thanks and god bless :)

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 11:55 am on October 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, sherinsk. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment. Thank you for your prayers and for your old age haiku. Great stuff. Peace.

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    • Nikolas Larum 5:50 pm on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Finally had time to check your blog out today. Thank you for following mine. I dig your attitude (thankfulness combined with defiance – a winning combination if there ever was one!). Just had my one-year check up from head-and-neck cancer treatment (chemo and radiation). All clear and all is well. But as you know, the battle is just that, a battle. Loved what you said about your kids in your About section. I feel the same about mine. What a wonder life is that from us can come such beings that are far superior in every way (must be the wives).

      I’ve been searching for a better term than “cancer survivor”. Victor seems a bit presumptuous, but “survivor” paints it as a closer call than I care to believe it actually was. Any thoughts?

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  • Kurt Brindley 3:23 pm on June 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: boston lenses, cancer, , ecp, extracorporeal photopheresis, , , , , , Johns Hopkins Dermatology Center, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, , , , , , , prose lenses, scleral lenses, ,   

    If You’re Here You Must Be Sick… 

    (OR CARE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS)

    I’d like to think that one or two of my three regular visitors (one of whom is me) come to this site to gain a deeper understanding of my creative writing by exploring my short stories, and poetry, and my insightful and sometimes witty flash fiction, and, most importantly, to buy my books.

    Yeah, that’s what I’d like to think.

    However, the reality is far from it.

    The unfortunate truth is that, by far, most people who visit this site do so because they are seeking out information about my diseases, past and present.

    The most common search terms that lead these seekers, or anyone for that matter, to my site are:

    gvhd lungs
    bone marrow biopsy
    hickman line
    graft versus host disease lungs
    bone marrow needle
    (the article these terms lead to provide for some interesting pictures (viewer discretion advised))
    prednisone and caffeine
    prednisone and coffee

    The most popular article on this site, which has nearly triple the amount of views of the second most popular article, is Lung GVHD By Any Other Name, where I discuss my frustration about finding out I have the incurable disease.

    I say the truth is unfortunate not because I’m upset that people are not here to read my creative writings (although I confess my ego is a bit miffed), I say it is unfortunate because I know that if someone is here to learn about my experiences with leukemia and graft versus host disease, then he or she probably is in for some challenging times.

    And that is unfortunate.

    About a month after I was informed I had leukemia, I started blogging about it at a site I called Marrowish. And I blogged there regularly for two years. For two years I was consumed with wanting to know as much about my diseases (first leukemia and then GVHD…of the lungs…and eyes…and liver) as I could find, and I wanted to share this knowledge with as many people as possible.

    But eventually I got sick of being sick…and of having my thoughts and actions being consumed by it.

    So I stopped thinking about it (the best I could) and writing about it.

    That was over a year-and-a-half ago…

    But, seeing how “popular” all my sick-related articles are, perhaps it’s time I began providing updates on my health again from time to time.

    I’m still certainly sick of being sick, but the good news is I haven’t really gotten much sicker since my last update (which was more like a major whine-fest than a health update).

    In fact, I’ve been pretty stable and have even improved in some regards. This stability and improvement may be because I have been doing some pretty cool health-related things lately (I say “may” because during the past four years of my involvement with the medical community, one thing I’ve learned is that there are not many certitudes when it comes to healthcare).

    I’ll try to expand on these in later articles, but here is what I have been up to health-wise the past year-and-a-half:

    • April 2011, I began a five-year Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome (BOS) study at the National Institute of Health. This study’s goal is to get FDA approval to use Montelukast (commercially known as Singulair and typically prescribed for asthma) as an authorized treatment for BOS. Since I began taking the drug I have been able to stop taking the steroid called prednisone—which is a major victory—and my lung condition has remained stable, as proven by regular pulmonary function testing.
    • January 2012, I began twice weekly Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP) treatments at Johns Hopkins Dermatology Center. While there is no conclusive evidence as of yet, it is thought that this blood treatment may be effective in bringing calm to all those crazy outta control T-cells (affectionately called GVHD) that we post-transplant patients tend to get. I cannot say for sure that these treatments have helped; but I can most definitely say that they haven’t hurt — except for the fact that they take a big painful bite of time out of my life. Each treatment is about three-hours long; add to that the drive time coming and going plus the system prep time and it comes close to being a five-hour-per-treatment bite of time. Ouch. But, if you’re looking for options to treat your GVHD, you surely want to consider ECP as one of them.
    • May 2012, I was fitted for Prose lenses at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. These scleral-type lenses used to be referred to as Boston Lenses, since Boston is where they were invented and was the only place where one could get them. Fortunately, Johns Hopkins now also provides the service. These vision-saving lenses have drastically changed and improved my quality of life.
    • August 2012, I had cataract surgery in both eyes. Yeah, prednisone may have saved my life, but it definitely took a toll on my body. However, after I had the surgery and once my Prose lenses were readjusted for my new vision, my eyes are now bionic.

    Those are the major things that I’ve been involved with that I feel could benefit others who are dealing with similar challenges as me. Of course, there are other things I have done and continue to do (like my countertop calisthenics, for instance) that may be of use, too, and of which I will write about at a later date.

    Who knows, maybe someday I might even coral all this health stuff into an easy-to-read ebook, or something…

    We’ll see.

    Until then please remember that whatever it is you’re seeking, or regardless your reason for visiting, I hope you find at least a little bit of solace from the words that have accumulated here over the years.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    ~~~~

    PS… Please take the time to read my Disclaimer for this site.

     
    • Michelle Argue 9:47 am on June 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, we are sick. Really enjoyed reading your blog. love your sense of humor and thank you for sharing your experiences with leukemia,GVHD and the treatments. your writing brought a smile to my face, something I’ve needed

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    • Vicki 11:00 pm on October 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I got sick and tired (of being sick and tired and in constant pain) some 4 1/2 years ago.

      Now I’m a PHOTOGRAPHER (as you will know having just started following one of my PhotoBlogs – Living and Nature). Thank you for following my photography journey and as much as I’d like to reciprocate, I’ve just UNfollowed nearly every one whose blog I love, purely and simply because reading just tires me out these days and I was spending too much time on the computer and not enough time outdoors doing the very thing I love best – Photography and communing with Nature.

      I don’t have Cancer fortunately, but severe Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Fibromyalgia (at the beginning of the long list of Health Issues), are just as mind-numbingly ‘boring’ to the uninitiated.

      Delighted to see your wonderful writing in the published form. Hope it continues for many, many years into the future.

      You have such a wonderful sense of humour. Don’t every let it diminish into the background of Chronic Illness. It can be a lifesaver in this uncertain world of severe and often debilitating illness.

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    • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 1:17 pm on October 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to hear about all the pain issues, Vicki; but how you are managing them is inspiring. Actually, things have progressed unexpectedly well for me since I wrote this. Probably should do an update just for the record. Thanks for stopping by, the nice comments, and the completely understandable non-follow.

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    • Sandra 4:05 am on December 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I always mean what I say. I didn’t come here for your sickness of any sort. I know a poet-short-story man in PA and so I clicked to see if I could tell you two apart. Good thing is all writers don’t read the same or look the same in text—much like real people, I can tell you apart.

      Since the L word has inserted itself into your life and also into your blog conversations, I’ll share that my grandfather was diagnosed when I was too small to know anything except, “that doesn’t look like Grampa.” That was in the mid 70s; he’s nearing 90. Some 38 yearsish have seen him in full remission. Every body is different and leukemia is different from case to case.

      To each of you who stop in because you’re hurting or you’re hurting for someone else who is hurting more, I have nothing to say but only compassion to offer. Trite isn’t something to which I aspire.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:50 am on December 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Grandpa is quite the inspiration. I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment, Sandra.

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