September 20, 2019

Cancer may be the trauma that keeps on giving, but life is a gift. I get scared because I want to live; but if fear cripples me, I’m not really living.

September 3, 2019

Where does gratitude come from, and how can we get it when we don't feel it? Those are two big questions I've been wrestling with lately.

Things have been a bit blah the past few months. It's strange, since so many cool things have been happening. I ran my first 50-mile...

June 5, 2019

What began as a goal to bring emotional health had grown to include the benefit of keeping me physically healthy – maybe even cancer-free.

February 7, 2019

Unlike my friend, I'm supposed to be immune to this type of insecurity. I must be, since I’ve aired my struggles for all to see, willfully and repeatedly, on film and in writing many times over the past couple of years. This willingness to lay it all out there is m...

November 19, 2018

It was a blast to see Adam Harum's Proof of Life documentary and side project Proof of Life: Pacing in their big-screen debuts. Check them out online at

October 4, 2018

Last September, filmmaker Adam Harum put together a 5-minute short film called Proof of Life: Pacing.

October 4, 2018

Today is a blog two-fer. The first is the most frustrated post I've written yet. It spilled out last night and needs to be shared. The second is maybe the most excited. Here's the first. Feel free to skip to the happy one.

*A point of clarification: This letter is to my...

May 28, 2018

Directing a trail run event has been a goal of mine for a few years. In late winter the idea sprouted to host a race, called the Mountain Magic trail run, on the cross-country ski trails I'd grown to love.

May 14, 2018

there is mounting evidence that three things can have a significant effect on people’s health: physical activity, spending time in nature, and human interaction.

February 13, 2018

I'm looking forward to presenting part of the Proof of Life film during my 45-minute talk at Spokane's Great Outdoor Expo and Bike Show on Sunday Feb 25.

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About Brad Thiessen

After my third cancer experience, my emotional and spiritual survival depended on finding hope and meaning in the face of a diagnosis that is statistically fatal and sure to recur. I came out of it seeking hope and meaning in the face of an uncertain future.

     As this blog develops, I hope to not just share and investigate from my own life, but also give voice to what others have learned on the journey. Learn more of my story and the Proof of Life projects.

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