March 28, 2017

Let’s start by asking that old hypothetical: If you knew you only had a week/day/year to live, how would you spend it?

Somewhere in the middle of my third cancer adventure, a friend of mine, a physician who works in eldercare, asked how I handled knowing I might die. He...

March 21, 2017

How do you deal with time that has been has been wasted; time you'll never get back; time spent and gone with no redeeming value and no return on investment?

The treatment phase of my first cancer was filled with a lot of nothing.

By which I mean, a lot of waiting.

My HMO...

March 14, 2017

Most of us are familiar with the 10,000 hour concept made famous by Malcolm Gladwell: "in an incredible number of fields ... you need to have practiced, to have apprenticed, for 10,000 hours before you get good." He later clarified that you also need to have natural ab...

March 11, 2017

I never thought I’d blog. While I had a blog over the past couple of years, it was just a factual account for those folks closest to me who wanted updates on my condition during cancer treatment. There were virtually no reflections. On re-reading, it’s funny to see how...

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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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