February 13, 2020

Mom wasn’t one for certainties or hard answers. She wasn’t overly concerned with what would happen to her when life left her body.

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.

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...

April 12, 2017

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

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...

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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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