August 23, 2017

Muir's wonderment and pure joy led him to take hair-raising risks in order to fully experience the power and beauty of nature.

July 26, 2017

Looking ahead at the next six weeks, I see a whole lot of running. Hours and hours and miles and miles in +90 degree heat. Do I really want to do that? Or need to?

July 14, 2017

Yesterday evening, Dave Dutro, the owner/organizer of a the local trail running group Trail Maniacs, hosted a fun run and BBQ to support the Proof of Life film. He was joined by the NW rep for Asics, Amanda Johnson, who has also been a solid supporter along the way.


July 7, 2017

I know I’m not the same person as before this all went down, but who am I?

June 30, 2017

When I decided late last year to start blogging and working on a film about life after cancer, it was more or less a gut decision. As time has passed, the decision to launch into these two foreign forms of expression has turned out to be life-giving and tremendously be...

June 16, 2017

When my family and friends in Canada told me last year that Gordon Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and the Tragically Hip were giving their farewell concert tour, you’d think it would’ve hit with some kind of emotional weight, but I felt surprising...

June 1, 2017

A month or so ago, our pastor spoke about the messiness of life and asked how many of us have dealt with addiction, mental health or cancer, either in ourselves or someone we love. I was up in the balcony, so I got a bird’s-eye view.

It was astounding to see a room of 1...

May 26, 2017

It rained last Saturday. It wasn’t supposed to rain. But that was okay. I wasn’t supposed to be running 25 kilometers, either.

But there I was, lined up in the middle of the pack with sixty other folks of varying ages and body types, about to launch down a trail that st...

May 14, 2017

When I called my parents in mid-July 2015 to tell them my brain tumor had returned after fifteen years, it was as much informational as panic or worry. Sure, it was cancer, but the tumor was less than the size of a worn-down eraser on the end of a pencil; the operation...

May 11, 2017

Whether the 50k in September is successful is laughably insignificant when compared to the goal of seeing one’s wife alive again. It truly is just a marker.

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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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