The above line, since the turn of the year, pretty much defines my existence anymore… and I think anyone with life-threatening cancer can relate: the cancer pretty much becomes the be-all and end-all of one’s life. However, for the sake of accuracy and to more fully allow the reader to understand who and what I am, please let me indulge with a few more details.
I was born in October, 1954, in Geleen, Holland. Long story short: my mother, father, and I (my mother pregnant with my sister at the time) emigrated toMontréal, Quebec, Canada in the spring of 1957. Over the course of the next 25 years I lived in Montreal, Hamilton, ON, Grand Rapids, MI, Calgary, AB, and finally settled in St Catharines, ON in 1987… and have lived here ever since.
I’ve had a variety of jobs/careers: welder/metalworker, licensed real estate salesperson, muffler installer, home renovation salesperson, meat packing plant warehouse worker, greenhouse erector, greenhouse structure manufacturing production supervisor, web developer… and at least a half-dozen other jobs not worth mentioning. Since 1994 I have been self-employed owning/operating H2Only Bottled Water Delivery Service (the past three years in partnership with my wife.)
Married since ’79 to Wilma (usually called either “lucy” or “beloved”), and we’ve raised four daughters, and have a son-in-law. One daughter lives in London, ON… and another near London, England. Two are still at home & at school. One dog. A dozen aquarium fish. Two dozen or so houseplants. A brick bungalow in a quiet neighbourhood in the ‘burbs with a big yard, near the lake and parks and good schools… the perfect life!
And then… the opening line above. And that’s where the story starts for this website. You can follow along using four different tracks: my day-to-day story (Journal), or what’s going on with me medically (DocZone). One of the more fundamental areas of interest for me in this has been my spiritual life… I very early clued into the fact that I was not walking this thing alone, and that God was leaving his fingerprints on me (Touched) And finally, you can also get some idea of where this disease is at as far as the medical science is concerned (Research).
As I have said elsewhere, this site has a number of different purposes. One of those is, for me, very clearly an interest in reaching out, in being in contact. So by all means leave comments!