Why I Head 2 Hill?

4 May

Most of my posts over the last six years have been related to Susie’s recurrence of brain cancer (a secondary glioblastoma in 2013). I also post about my professional work in artificial intelligence for healthcare and life sciences, as related … Read More »

Corona Virus Observations

11 Apr

I’ve seen quite a few charts and graphs comparing the US to different countries. Some of these countries have much smaller populations and different demographics. This is especially the case when looking at countries in Europe. Some countries are more … Read More »

25th Wedding Anniversary Corona

21 Mar

Just like we do each year, we celebrated our marriage in February. Many moons ago we would celebrate it with a Sunday brunch at an interior Mexican restaurant called Fonda San Miguel. It is a lovely restaurant, but the brunch … Read More »

Big International Trip

22 Oct

While we have gone on quite a few road trips and domestic flights in the last 5 or so years, we have not traveled internationally. Susie was just not up for a 9+ hour long haul flight with significant time … Read More »

Reflecting on 9/11 Cancer Follow-up

11 Sep

When Susie was first diagnosed with brain cancer, back in January of 1999, I felt it was important to keep a journal and take notes with each doctor visit. I would read these notes a week before neuro-oncology appointments. Also … Read More »

Summer Road Trip 2019

25 Jun

We had a lovely two weeks traveling to see friends and family between Austin and Minneapolis. Our first part of our vacation was in Oklahoma visiting our niece’s family, followed by lakefront cabins with a childhood friend of mine from … Read More »

Calcium Supplements?

24 Jun

Before we went on vacation, Susie had a brain cancer follow-up. She had recently been diagnosed with osteopenia, where we upped her impact related exercise and added a calcium supplement. Over the last month to two, I noticed some negative … Read More »

Shingles Vaccination

18 Jan

I was looking back at my notes on experiences during Susie’s initial and recurrent brain cancer diagnosis/ treatment. My thoughts centered around what we might be able to do in preparation for another recurrence/ progression.  The most challenging experiences IMHO were surviving … Read More »

20 Year Cancer Milestone

11 Jan

After last Sunday’s #BTSMChat, I happened to come across a tweet inquiring if anyone was reaching a tumorversary or other milestone. This tweet obviously had me think back to when our life with brain cancer began and some of the milestones we celebrated along … Read More »

Quality of Life Risk Management

19 Dec

As the year comes to a close, I often reflect on past events and activities. Sometimes my reflections are purely going down memory lane. Other times they are around what could be improved. I do find it funny how our perspectives … Read More »

Leaning on Family

2 Dec

As a care partner to someone with brain cancer, I try to keep our day to day routine predictable. I’ve arranged tasks and expectations so our life is smooth flowing and is easy to manage. Most important to me is that … Read More »