Brain Cancer Diaries the Poetry Episode

That link will take you to the Poetry Episode of The Cancer Diaries.

I want to thank Rudy Fischman who, with inoperable brain cancer, uses his talents as a video producer, interviewer and rising star in editing and special effects to give us a guided tour into his life. He spotlights, with humor and his brand of edgy yet polished video blogs, the reality of living with uncertainty as well as the physical and emotional effects of his disease on his entire world including his wife and daughters.

He invites guests along the way and in this episode he invited myself, and two other poets, on of whom died before he could see the final result. Rudy did Ben North justice reading a poem called, “My Father’s Son,” and who’s chap book of 33 poems called 33 Poems is available on Amazon. Oddly the day the video was released my copy arrived, after nearly 3 weeks waiting, on my doorstep.

I admit I look like I just had several radiation treatments, because I did, but he captured my heart on the video and I cannot thank him enough.

Rudeman, you rock.

You can find Rudy on Facebook, Twitter @fschmnn and YouTube under Brain Cancer Diaries, and I highly recommend you subscribe and share amongst the cancer community and outside. In particular, this episode highlights the intersection of writing and cancer and the therapeutic effect that putting our stories out there in whatever format we feel good about brings others into our lives and transforms everyone. That is everyone who reads, listens, watches and learns from us and with us.

Breast Cancer Now’s Interview with Karin Sieger

Truthfully, I love Karin’s blog, her no nonsense philosophy, her podcasts – yes, that’s plural. She produces not one – but two podcasts, not just on coping with cancer but life in general on Soul Cravings. Both can be found in her eponymous blog. If you’ve not read or heard Karin, she gives advice through example using her experiences to show, rather than tell you how she’s coped, what she’s experienced having had two cancer diagnoses herself, and what lessons she’s learnt both in her own life as well as through the personal stories of others.

I’m lucky to have found Karin and gotten to “know” her through her voice and her support of my blog and my post diagnosis emotional well being. I adore her tenacity and the fact that she does all of this on a boat afloat the river Themes. Whether you personally are effected by cancer in any way or even if you’re not (unlikely given the number of people diagnosed and the extension of our diagnoses to friends and family, you’ll find something to pertain to you and those you love.

Once you tune in, I think you’ll understand why I’m a fan and a friend. This podcast, albeit one not of her production but very much of her making, in particular is close to my heart because of her candor and her no holds back style although the spotlight has turned to meet her – so take a listen. Thank you Karin, once again for the effort you put into what’s clearly a labor of love. And I love her for her generous soul. We should all crave to have a soul like her to guide us gently out of the dark corners cancer can lead us into.