April 28, 2017

At least half of what makes trail running so meaningful is the environment in which it takes place, and why it’s such a key part of my search for hope and meaning after cancer.

April 22, 2017

Yesterday was a gorgeous day of shooting for the Proof of Life film. We chose the Saltese Uplands Conservation Area near Liberty Lake: partly for the open spaces, partly because I’d been wanting to visit. It’s amazing how you can drive a few miles down the freeway, thr...

April 19, 2017

No two ultramarathons are the same, even the same race for the same runner. It all depends on the conditions, and your muscles, your mood, your hydration, etc. Or so I’ve heard, from the dozen or more videos I’ve consumed about the Hard Rock 100 and Western States 100...

April 12, 2017

Does God interfere? Does God step in and save people from illness and tragedy; and if so, what’s the criteria?

April 4, 2017

When the hail hits your fore-arm; when the wind blows in your inner ear so hard it starts to throb like it might be getting infected; when you’ve gone as far as you can go and then go one mile farther; that’s when you know you’re really alive.

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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