2014. Of Bad Cheese Logs & Good Wine

2014. Of Bad Cheese Logs & Good Wine

Photo by Bob Shrader. I was diagnosed in January 2014. For the last 11 months, every event – holiday, birthday, school activity – triggered a memory and a thought. “The last time this happened, my world was still normal. I…

Look Snazzy While You Support Lung Cancer Research

Look Snazzy While You Support Lung Cancer Research

In the winter of 2012, Dina saw a heart wrenching SPCA advertisement on TV and she decided she wanted to help the animals. After failing to earn much through her weekly chores, she asked if she could sell her art…

Go Ahead (and ask me if I smoked) ... Make My Day

Go Ahead (and ask me if I smoked) … Make My Day

There’s a lot of talk amongst lung cancer survivors about the stigma of having lung cancer. Many lung cancer survivors resent it when people ask them, “Did you smoke?” But, I feel differently. Go ahead and ask me. Why? Because…

Please Join us for the Breathe Ride at Bay Club Santa Clara, October 18!

Please Join us for the Breathe Ride at Bay Club Santa Clara, October 18!

I am SO excited to announce this event! As many of you know, I taught indoor cycle classes for many years prior to getting sick. When my fitness family found out about my diagnosis, they showed up big time. I’ve…

In Loving Memory of Erin Williams Hyman

In Loving Memory of Erin Williams Hyman

Last week I lost my longest-held friend. Erin and I met on the first day of 7th grade. We were assigned to the same table in Mr. Naka’s science class and remained lab partners all year. We bonded that year…

Young and Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

A few months ago I met Arash & Molly Golbon. Molly and I have a lot in common. We are both about the same age, we both have two kids, we both live in the same area. We’re both never-smokers….

Watch Us on Breathe California TV! Episode #1 Now Online

Watch Us on Breathe California TV! Episode #1 Now Online

[Post by Eric] Lisa and I recorded two television interviews for Breathe California‘a television show, moderated by Terry Trumbell. The show airs on San Jose/Campbell Comcast channel 15. The first episode aired already on August 21 and 28. You can…

A Dollar for Your Thoughts

A Dollar for Your Thoughts

Fifty years ago, in 1964, my Dad graduated from UC Berkeley (aka “Cal”). Upon graduation, he made a pledge with his three buddies before they scattered around the globe. They tore up a dollar bill into four pieces. Each guy…

“That’s My Cancer Smelling Dog” and Other Things Not to Say

“That’s My Cancer Smelling Dog” and Other Things Not to Say

Cancer, it seems, lends itself to awkward conversations. People don’t know what to say to me. Rest assured that I assume we all mean well, even when we say something stupid. If you worry that you might have uttered something…

Open Letter to My Mom on Mother's Day

Open Letter to My Mom on Mother’s Day

Mom, you have thrown yourself into your role as mother with unrestrained dedication since the beginning. You schlepped me to more activities than I can count, rooted me on in every event, proofread homework and hand-sewed Halloween costumes. You still,…