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What I learned from dying: I’m just so tired

By Dave Taylor I’m tired. I’m really, really tired and I stay that way lately. I wasn’t worried about it until my wife started asking questions and now I’m pretty sure she thinks I’m dying. My last CT scan showed that my chemo had stopped working and the stage 4 cancer had grown in my…

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What I learned from dying: More bad news

By Dave Taylor I got the results from my most recent CT scan Monday and it was pretty much all bad news. All of the cancer spots we compared from the last scan in May to this one, were not just bigger, but much, much bigger. Most spots doubled in size and one new metastasis…

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What I learned from dying: I’m missing

By Dave Taylor “I miss that smile,” she said after I sent her an old picture of me. That’s not what I was going for. I was trying to show my wife how much thicker I was back when I was still way sicker. Then I said something about how my current smile makes me…

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What I learned from dying: Impossible Dreams

By Dave Taylor When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I had a string of good dreams that were so good I wrote a column about them. Well now things have changed and it seems like every dream is bad. Every night now it seems that I’m given some impossible task where I spend all…

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What I learned from dying: Who was I?

By Dave Taylor I watched a documentary the other day about Val Kilmer, the actor whose career was cut short by throat cancer, and I found myself tearing up after it was over because I identified with his story so much. It didn’t help that I’d just seen him in the sequel to Top Gun,…

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What I learned from dying: Hospitalized again

I’m writing this from a hospital bed… again. It’s a quick and firm reminder that things can change any minute. Just a few days ago I felt so good that I went in to the office for a little bit and I convinced my wife to go to Owensboro just to get out of the…

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What I learned from dying: Resolutions revisited

Now that 2022 is nearly six months old and since my death has been postponed, it’s time to look at the progress I’ve made on my New Year’s resolutions for the year. I made several resolutions and honestly wasn’t sure if I’d get to do much about any of them but I think I’ve done…

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What I learned from dying: My obituary 

Lately I’ve been hurting all over and it’s gotten me scared that my cancer is growing and spreading. That fear has returned my thoughts to my obituary, which I had planned to write but then got busy living and let it go. How do you sum up your entire life into just a couple hundred…

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What I Learned From Dying: The power of baby steps

Today is my anniversary. This day one year ago was the fateful day that a gastrointerologist said “I’ve found cancer and it’s bad.” I’m quite certain I was supposed to be dead long before now. Now I’m thankful for baby steps and small victories. Today I’ll be taking my 1954 Bug to a restoration shop,…

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