Friday, January 06, 2006

One book 95% completed.

In two nights I have breezed through "It's Not About the Bike" by Lance Armstrong. It is too good. There is a lot of things I can related (biking ain't one of them..well he is a rocket and me being ...what's slower than a snail? :D). As I read it, I started to think about my time in the hospital. The kids that he visited, I was one of them. I had my liver transplant at Toronto Sick Kids Hospital.

As you can see from the picture, it doesn't look like a hospital at all. This is the new section (well it was new ten years ago). They really take care of the kids. During my stay there, the nurses and doctors never told me I had cancer. They just told me I was sick and I had a tumour. It took me a long time to realize tumour = cancer.

I remember there was one kid that had a liver transplant as well. Not only a liver transplant but he had a kidney transplant. In fact, the doctors put a third kideny in him. He was very sick. Sadly to say I don't think he made it.

Cancer is a horrible disease. B/c of my quick and healthy recovery, I never give too much thought about it. Not until now. And I am glad Lance Armstrong wrote the book.
It is a horrible disease not b/c it kills quickly. It drains your emotion. It strains the family and friendship. The solution is just as worst. When Lance was talking about the chemo, that was horrible.

I start to think of how I can contribute back. I was telling my friend that I want to create my own shirt that says "Cancer Free Since 1991". On the back it will say:

Cliff - 1
Cancer - 0

I will give this much thought. Right now thinking of creating Cancer Survivor shirts.

I was with friend a few months back and she made a comment that I will never forget. She said that she doesn't understand how cancer can be so bad. My first reaction was shock to hear that. But then, I agree. I didn't said anything. I didn't shared. That's what I want the shirt about. I want to really get people talking, get very personal.

On another note, b/c of all these late sleeping, I woke up late on two days and missed my swim drills. Will pile those on Sat.

Tammy, I have taken down the word verification...if there is a lot of spam popping up i will put it back on.
DGC, I like to read anyways. I am surprise people like to read my poor writing skills :D.
Susan, I will let u know about the Paleo Diet. If I turn into a cave man....;)

Have a great weekend, people. I will be training (SWEET).

25 comments:

Flatman said...

Get after it this weekend and have fun!

E-Speed said...

v. cool shirt idea Cliff. I want one that says Cancer Sucks. YOu should do an event with a cancer society for sure!

William said...

Glad you're here Cliff and cancer lost.

Have fun training this weekend.

The Spandex-King said...

Lance's book is the kind of book that once you start reading you can't stop. Glad to hear ya whipped cancer. I to would like a Cancer Sucks shirt.

Batman said...

Its a great read.

I would imagine that you, as a survivor, can do just about whatever you please about raising cancer awareness. If we're smart, we'll listen...

Phil said...

Great T-shirt idea. I think Lance's books are excellent resources for anyone to gain a better understanding of cancer and what it could entail ... and how you can prepare your offence ... should it ever come kocking.

'Zilla said...

Thanks Cliff, this was a very moving post. I love the shirt idea!

Susan said...

I'm glad Cliff was the winner. What would we do without your inspiration every day.

Sometimes Rowdy eats like a cavedog - he's still handsome though.

Iron Benny said...

Good idea on the shirt Cliff. I have an idea. You should make theh shirt say" Me-1, Cancer-0". that way, other people that have survived cancer can wear the same shirt. Perhaps you can sell it on a website or something. Just an idea.

Robin said...

Hi Cliff! I just read your post. I like the shirt idea. And Just saw Iron Benny's comment--EXACTLY whatI was thinking. Great minds think alike (heh). Well, almost exactly. I would keep your short to say Cliff-1 and then make one for everyone else that can say Me-1! PS: I used to tecah ESL back in the day. Your writing is fine! :)

Robin said...

oops! I meant to say "Shirt" in my above post! Heeeey: maybe when your done with the shirt, you can make some nice tri shorts! hee hee

Hilda said...

Writing personal and sincerely, can never be boring.
Many things to learn of you.
Thanks Cliff!

TriSaraTops said...

Very inspirational post! I want a Cliff t-shirt! :) I really need to read that book...

Ellie said...

I am also reading "It's Not About the Bike." I love it. Makes me want to conquer life.

Plus I'm curious about the Paleo diet. Been wondering about it for a while, need a guinea pig :-)

Kewl Nitrox said...

Sounds like a ministry/calling, Cliff! :)

Wylee said...

Hey Cliff check out cafepress.com you could start on the T-Shirt idea right away! I'm excited for you!

Bolder said...

great idea about the t-shirt Cliff.

i can NOT believe you finally got to 'It's not about the bike'... have you read 'Every second counts'?

it's about survivorship, which is what you are all about, and my favorite part of Lance's story.

anyway, least you now know where i got the inspiration for my post: 'It's all about the bike'... you know Lance is my hero, but, i gotta call it like it is for me.

Al Carter said...

I must get lance's book now...I've heard quite a few folks say good things about it but if it's that easy to read - well that'll fit right in with my schedule!!!

Fight the cancer, run the race, get the t-shirt!

WildWill said...

Yep excelent read and a good idea about the shirts

BuckeyeRunner said...

I think the shirt is an awesome idea! Your experience has been amazing - you should be proud that you kicked cancer's a**!!!

Thanks for sharing.

Tammy said...

Good idea on the shirt Cliff... glad you are enjoying the book. :) Thanks for killing word verif. I haven't had a single spam comment and it's been... a month I think. :)) Of course, now that I've said that....

Rae said...

I love your shirt ideas. I've been thinking about buying that book and now I'm definately going to get it. Thanks for the recommendation, keep up all the GREAT workouts!

Anonymous said...

Got to go with Me 1 Cancer 0. My little one is a cancer survivor(wilms tumor). I would definitely get one for him. By the way, did he win or God win?
God's Grace :)

Chris said...

Great book! I loved it and I'm not even much of a reader. It must be that much more personal to you with personal experience with it. I'm glad you're still around to share your story with others.

Jennifer P said...

Great shirt!