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What I learned from dying

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: 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: Now I lose my other dog?

Almost exactly six months after my beloved dog Lech Walesa died, now my other dog Little Face has joined him. To say we were not prepared is quite an understatement. My fiancee Jamie let her out to go to the bathroom Monday while I was in Owensboro running errands. When I got back soon afterward…

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What I Learned From Dying: I’m going bald fast

So I’m bald, very bald. And I’m going bald at what seems like some kind of world record rate. Just a few weeks ago I had a full head of hair and things were right with the world. Then one day I was drying my hair with a towel and the towel looked like a…

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What I Learned From Dying: Looks can be deceiving

I’m writing this from the air. I’m in a plane on mine and Jamie’s big trip to New York City where we hope to do something other than give me medicine and puke. As we prepared to take off, they described the floatation devices, oxygen, overhead lights, etc and I remember thinking, “Well they’ve thought…

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What I Learned From Dying: Still going

I’m still going, literally and figuratively. I’m still going to New York City later this month, I’m still going to be married to the love of my life Jamie next month and I’m still going, living on despite prognoses to the contrary. Not many believed I’d still be going at all. At my most recent…

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What I Learned From Dying: The FUN in funeral

I’m realizing it’s not easy to plan an entertaining funeral. Never a fan of stuffy events, I don’t want my funeral to be the kind where people are afraid to make any sound and where smiles aren’t allowed. My funeral is going to be a celebration. I will be in eternity with God, in Heaven…

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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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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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