5 Things Keeping You From Being Happy, and How to Overcome Them.

So many things that we learn in life, we learn from our parents.  My dad, probably more than anyone, taught me how to be happy. Dad grew up during wartime Vietnam.  He lived through violence, oppression, and unspeakable hardships that would have made weaker men give up and die. But he didn’t. He persevered, escaped from the…

Life with Cancer, Entry#01: Ground Zero

Project Introduction:  Each person who has been touched by cancer goes on a very personal journey.  Many people prefer to keep their medical status private, not even sharing the news with anyone outside of their immediate family. At the beginning of my journey, I was one of these folks.  I didn’t want to bother other…

10 Things to Keep in Mind When You’ve Been Diagnosed with Cancer

  Getting diagnosed with cancer can feel like a death sentence, and in some cases, this is true.  However, much of our journey with cancer has to do with what goes on inside our minds.  Our outlook on just about everything becomes critical in defining what our experience will be like with this disease. There…

The Wishing Glass: Table of Contents

Ayune Takeda, a twelve year old girl struggling to cope with her father’s losing battle with cancer, discovers a magical world full of wonders, adventure, and . . . a possible cure.  What sacrifices is she willing to endure to find it? Can she save her father before it’s too late?  There’s only one way to find out. ….

Life with Cancer, Entry#20: A Lesson in Karma and Compassion

Stories are some of the most powerful tools that we can use in teaching our children the lessons of life.  Everyone loves a good story, and when the story is from our own experiences, the impact of the lesson is even greater. This is a photo of my grandfather (my dad’s dad) holding my daughter…

Life with Cancer, Entry#19: Happy Death Day

Cultural traditions have always been a point of interest for me… how an entire populace can come up with a concept and execute it in a way that creates a unique experience in their collective lives, then convince the next generation to do the same. In particular, traditions that deal with the afterlife were especially…

Life with Cancer, Entry#18: Asian Eyes

Christmas shopping was unique for me last month. I found that I could no longer walk long distances without feeling tired and nauseous, so my doc prescribed me some handicap parking placards, and for the first time ever, I did my Christmas shopping in a wheelchair. It wasn’t bad! Christmas shopping normally involves being packed like sardines…

Life with Cancer, Entry#17: Infusion Day

Today I go in for another round of infusions. …round 4 of an immunotherapy drug called Opdivo, to be exact.  The drug will try to trigger my immune system to “see” the cancer cells and attack them… if it works.  I’ll find out in a few months. Infusions take about an hour and a half and…

Life with Cancer, Entry#16: The Lure of Suicide

It was because of a suicide that convinced me to start this blog (if you missed it, you can read the details from Entry#01: Ground Zero), and so I’d like to talk about this topic now that it has a little more personal meaning to me. I have always been one to try to see the…

Life with Cancer, Entry#15: Deep Freeze

We live in Texas. The weatherman on the television set was nothing short of giddy last night as he stammered his way through his apocalyptic forecast for today: “We will be expecting a subfreezing arctic blast through the entire southern portion of our region… temperatures will drop well into the lower twenties with snow certainly melting on…

Life with Cancer, Entry#14: Different Tastes

There are people in Asia who consider dog as a delicacy. Our dog considers Asian people a delicacy. What goes around, comes around… words worth remembering, indeed. Lol   Please help me in my quest to raise public awareness on how cancer originating from Hepatitis B (the cancer that I have) can be easily prevented.  One…

Life with Cancer, Entry#13: A Girl and Her Dog

Nhi has always wanted a family dog, but we never got her one because of her severe animal allergies. She would break out in hives and blisters within minutes of contact with a dog or cat, and we’d always thought that she would be doomed to a life of owning pet fish. Following my surgery last year,…

Life with Cancer, Entry#12: Sacrifice

All parents make sacrifices for the sake of their children, but mine I think, have made more than most… My grandfather was a medic during the Vietnam War fighting for the Democratic South against the Communist North.  After the South lost the war, he was branded as a traitor, sent to prison, and his children…