Author: Phil O'Hara

Health Update

Appointment Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2022 I met with Dr. Wojciech Morzycki around 10:45 am to get the results of my CAT Scan. He is a brilliant Oncologist and frequently tells me I’m his favourite patient. In spite of my cancer and associated weight loss, I continue to be healthy overall and able to be ….  Read More

Helping Friends Struggling with Mental Health Disorders

A couple of days ago I got email from a good friend who is dealing with a breakdown of sorts and about to start therapy to cope. He wrote to advise of his wish to step away from a volunteer organization we both belong to. This revelation came as a surprise. This is a man ….  Read More

New Blog Site

Hello My Friends I have added a second blog location. It is not completely setup yet but it’s close. I felt that many of my current activities are worth sharing as they offer you insight into how I’m living large but I don’t think they fit at this location where the focus is about my ….  Read More

Chemo Holiday

Today I saw my absolutely brilliant Oncologist Dr. Wojeiech Morzycki. I had a CAT scan last week which my Doc uses to compare with the last one to get a sense of whether the tumours are pretty much the same and still limited to my liver and a few lymph nodes. I was nervous heading ….  Read More

Friends Make the Best Heroes

I think we all look back on life moments which changed the direction of our futures. In my case, all through high school I planned to become a commercial pilot. I had the good fortune of extremely lucrative summer employment which left me with deep pockets. I started taking flying lesson at the Halifax Flying ….  Read More

A Typical Day

Breaking News: While working on this post I got a call from the cancer Clinic with a June 24th. appointment for a CAT Scan. This is an important diagnostic tool for my Oncologist to compare current with past images and determine how well the Chemo is keeping the progress of my cancer at bay. Ideally, ….  Read More

Below the Price of a Litre of Gas

I am wrapping up my third cycle on the chemo drug Capecitabin (also known as Xeloda). A cycle is three weeks. During weeks one and two, I take four pills in the morning and four in the evening. During week three, I get a break from taking drugs. Chemo is cumulative which means the side ….  Read More

ROI – Priority Second Dose for the Immune Compromised Community

Those who follow my blog know that in December 2019 I was blindsided with a cancer diagnosis. I wish to start this post with a heartfelt shoutout to all the brilliant medical professionals who have taken care of me for the past sixteen months. Maintaining quality care for patients with life-threatening diseases while concurrently redesigning ….  Read More

Two Steps Forward and One Back

Two Steps Forward On Tuesday, April 6th 2021, I re-started chemotherapy with the drug Capecitabine. It is four pills in the morning and four later in the day. This drug is not as aggressive as the Oxaliplatin I was on. However, it will not destroy my blood marrow. Like everything else with cancer treatment, each ….  Read More

Reach Out While You Still Can

I reconnected with one of Drew’s (my youngest son) cohort from Ryerson through a video chat on Monday. Let’s call him Bud. Those are moments of joy for me. It is no secret that I value having friendships with young people. This has been a theme throughout my life and I plan to continue to ….  Read More