13 years and counting…

August 1, 2014

TomGAnother year has passed and once again I’m thankful for being a survivor of cancer.

For me checkups every two years seem to come very fast.  However I still do a yearly mole check with a dermatologist.  A few months ago I had a benign cyst removed from my arm.

Over the last 20 years cancer has become more and more curable. Despite the advances in research and cures, the most potent weapon against most types of cancer is early detection.

This year we lost my good friend’s Dad (Thomas F. Grealy) (click his picture) to a form of cancer that is currently incurable but treatable.Paperclip

It’s been nearly 20 years since I lost my own Dad (Albert J. Porras Sr.) to colon cancer.

If someone in your ancestry has had cancer then you are at a higher risk of developing cancer than the average mean.  Therefore it’s important to get a yearly physical and become aware of possible symptoms.  It certainly helped me.

Until next year for those that have lost the battle I’ll keep fighting for your one day at a time…tea_cup_small


2013 in review

December 31, 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,800 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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12 years and counting…

August 1, 2013

home_coverAnother year of being cancer free.  Once again another year has passed and I absolutely have not taken the year for granted.  I’m reminded by the fact that more people that I have known were not so fortunate with fighting and winning the battle.

I am finally on a two year check up regimen and this month will be my first 2 year cycle.  It seems like it was yesterday that I was on a monthly cycle of blood work, chest xrays and CT Scan with active contrast.  I still cannot get the awful taste of the liquid you need to swallow for the CT Scan and the warm burn you get when they inject active contrast into your veins.

For the past 3 years I have started a yearly mole check with a dermatologist.  I’ve become very conscious of the dangers of melanoma as the result of close folks who have lost the battle.  Melanoma is highly curable *if* discovered early and very deadly if not.  I’ve enjoyed the sun for many years, but like others have sun damage to show.

Here is to another year and some unsolicited advice to get yourself a yearly physical with your doctor.  Cancer is very curable today and it starts with you to discover it.  Nobody knows how you feel or can see better than you.  It certainly saved me.

Until next year for those that have lost the battle I’ll keep fighting for you one day at a time…

2012 in review

December 31, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

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11 years and counting…

August 1, 2012

Eleven years today cancer free…  It’s starting to feel like a long time ago which is a good thing, but then again my son is heading off to college in a few months.

He was just 7 and his sisters 4– eleven years ago.  Now it seems in an instant they are just about grown.  I often still blink twice as I’ve been very fortunate to see them grow up.  My wife and I are so very proud of our 3 kids.

I still fixate on cancer patient’s favorable odds if there is early detection. 

Read this story of a courageous high school hockey player who is fighting the battle with courage better than most adults.

Advanced treatment options such as immunotherapy and gene therapy are showing good promise.

Don’t procrastinate about getting yourself or a loved one checked out.  Early detection is one of the best paths toward a potential cure of cancer.

We the fortunate that are still alive owe it to those who have lost their battle to cancer.  We will keep fighting for you one day at a time.

Until next year, happy 2nd birthday… Thankful to still be here.

Think Malware before you click…

April 11, 2012
Think Malware before you click…


March 8, 2012

Old technology concepts reapplied with new technology bringing new solutions for today.  Check this out.


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