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What I Learned From Dying: I almost missed this week

Dave Taylor during recent medical treatment.

By Dave Taylor

In late April when I first began this column on my battle with stage 4 esophageal cancer I made it a goal to never miss a week no matter what. Well this week I’m barely making it.

I’m still in the hospital with an infected chest cavity and severe anemia. I have a bloody tube coming out of my side, plus the hole left by a second hose that now pours blood if I move the wrong way.

I’m getting my fourth unit of blood as I type this and I’ve fallen asleep mid-sentence with doctors and nurses more than once today.

All this to say, I don’t have much left in me to write and just this small explanation hasn’t taken a lot out of me.

This column is supposed to be a true telling of how it is to fight cancer and for me to ignore days like this would be dishonest.

I’m tired, my insides hurt, and I know there will be more tape being pulled off my delicate skin later today and I’m not looking forward to that.

The irony of this week being short is that just this past weekend I was awarded first place for best columnist in the weekly division of the Kentucky Press Association annual contest.

You sure couldn’t tell with this week’s contribution.


  1. Erica Brown on January 26, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Dave Taylor was the man that called me while I was in the hospital after becoming a paraplegic. His kind & thoughtful words made my heart happy. I pray for you Dave. You’re always in my thoughts & prayers.

  2. Karen Calvert on January 26, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    I so admire you Dave. You are an inspiration to anyone that is fighting a terminal illness. I Pray for you and Jamie everyday that you two can have a wonderful life together. I know that we have never met, but I feel like I truly know you from your writings. God Bless You, Karen Calvert.

  3. Linda on January 26, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    I hope you can somehow feel the positive energy we are are sending you from the Clarion … and also from EVERYONE across the globe. We continue to be hopeful in faith. Miracles happen….
    God be with you, Dave. 🙏

  4. Yvonne Taylor on January 27, 2022 at 7:55 am

    Praying pain will decrease and you will be comforted, Dave. Congratulations on the Kentucky Press Association award. Love to my brave friend.

  5. David Kerr on January 27, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Just to know that you are still fighting Dave is enough to make this the best article of the week. God bless you Dave.

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