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What I learned from dying: Everybody needs a…

By Dave Taylor Something happened Sunday that made me feel so loved I just had to write about it. It involved, of course, my wife Jamie. As a part of my illness I spit up into a red SOLO cup that I always have on me and my wife has made it plain that she…

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What I learned from dying: The last day

By Dave Taylor As my wife and I drove home from a grocery pickup the other day she was commenting on how thankful she was that I was driving her and she said something profound: one of these days will be the last day I get out of bed. That’s true. Somehow I had never…

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What I learned from dying: Joys all around

By Dave Taylor¬† I’m blessed. I’m blessed far beyond anything I could ever imagine or deserve. These were my thoughts as I drove home from Louisville Monday after dropping off some parts to the guy who’s working on my 54 Beetle. I’d just come from seeing the progress he’d made on welding up my rusty…

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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…

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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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