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What I Learned From Dying: Holding out hope

So last week I had to make the decision whether to try a new chemo that could likely kill me or stop all treatment and just slowly succumb to the cancer that is already killing me. I guess I sort of wimped out and chose something in the middle. I decided to try the new…

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What I learned from dying: It’s time for Hospice

Well, it’s official. I got the “There’s nothing more we can do” talk from my cancer doctor Monday. Talk about a major bummer. I knew something bad was coming when, after asking me a few questions, he looked at the floor and started wringing his hands. Then he kind of stammered and mumbled a few…

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What I Learned From Dying: I’m dying

I’m dying. I’ve known that for months but I just had a consult with a surgeon who was a straight shooter and his whole message was that I’m dying and very soon. In fact, one of the first things he said was “you’re in serious trouble.” This was the cancer specialist who was a well…

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Dave Taylor’s column wins 1st place

The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association judged this year’s News Contest. I saw that the Hancock Clarion had submitted an entry and so hoped that was you entering your columns. It was you. I didn’t know any of the 40 or so judges but just randomly picked a category number and assigned it to one of…

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What I Learned From Dying: I almost missed this week

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…

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What I learned from dying

This is the most difficult column I’ve ever had to write. It’s not because of the content, it’s because I’m writing from an ICU hospital bed where I’m hooked to a million wires, feeling terrible. I’ve been here since Thursday after I started having difficulty breathing and my blood pressure dropped. Shortly after arriving at…

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What I Learned From Dying: New Year’s Resolutions

Since everyone else starts the year with New Year’s resolutions, which are mostly lies we tell ourselves, I’m going to make my own list of lies, I mean, resolutions for 2022. Exercise more. Everyone says they’re going to work out more as their resolution, so why shouldn’t I join in too? I actually do need…

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What I Learned From Dying: Is This My Last Christmas?

With Christmas fast approaching I’ve been thinking about how the odds were stacked against me even being here for it. No one ever explicitly stated that I wouldn’t be here for Christmas but they made it pretty clear that I wouldn’t be around long, and that was eight months ago. And when you consider that…

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