And now…some good news

Tl;dr: It was a drug interaction. And my tumour marker dropped even more. I’m recovering now and eating normal food again. I love flavour! I figured it out on Weds the 25th, as I was having a downright painful morning that made me 45 minutes late to my undergrad seminar. Between that and flying, I […]

Eulogy for Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas, one of my undergraduate mentors at the University of Minnesota, passed away on 29 August. I happened to be in town for the memorial on September 28th (I was at a conference upstairs!), and Richard Leppert–my undergraduate advisor and Gary’s close colleague, friend and confidante–asked me to speak as a representative of his […]

20 Years In

I taught my first class as a professor in the fall of 1999. As I enter class today, this will begin my 21st year as a professor (my first class as a teacher was in fall of 1994, so that’s 25 years ago, not 20 but whatever). Undergrad and grad school were 10 years combined […]

Here’s some good news

The drugs appear to be working. Last week I had my semi-annual CT scan, and I got my results Thursday. The two largest tumours have shrunk by just under 1cm each. Now, before you get too excited, remember that remission is not on the table here. The goal of this therapy is to stop the […]

Happy birthday: you have cancer!

This was my birthday week — Tuesday the 6th was the actual day (which was some work, some fun and playing music), and we are “officially” celebrating tomorrow with tennis, eclairs and a visit to one of my favourite Montreal restaurants. On Thursday I saw my oncologist. It’s mostly no news. My tumour marker is […]