Author: Phil O'Hara

Hope

January 20, 2021 – I spent the day glued to the television watching the coverage of the Inauguration in the United States. It proved to be a source for hope that the soul of America will shine again and be driven by a moral compass we haven’t seen for the last four years. As a ….  Read More

I am a SPOONIE

Quick Note: I have heard from a number of people who are worried because I haven’t posted for a while. My bad. I have three articles in the works and with the activities around the holidays, I enjoyed being lazy. All is good! 😍 Haven’t heard the term Spoonie before? It was a first for ….  Read More

Emotional Changes

Introduction I was really pissed when I started writing this blog a few weeks ago. It was originally titled “It’s Okay To Be Angry,” but with the passage of time I’ve mellowed. My mood was triggered by an episode where I was ditched by a friend at an event. After an hour or so I ….  Read More

Clutch Onto Your Independence

Let me start this blog article with an update on my health. Yesterday (Wednesday, November 11th) was a Chemotherapy treatment. That’s a couple of hours in the chair and then I wear a baby bottle with a slop drip infusion until it is empty which is typically 42 hours. Two days prior to every Chemo ….  Read More

Choose To Be Grateful

I am grateful to have you at my side as a support pillar. Knowing that you are cheering for me and praying that my aggressive chemotherapy will add years to my life, is a source of great comfort. I aspire to live each day as a celebration of the precious time we have on this ….  Read More

Poking Holes in My Belly

I bet you don’t have a Sharps Bin in your home. This is our newest decoration. My preference would be to point at it and make it disappear like in the Got Junk Ads. Last Tuesday (October 20th) I learned that I will be on blood thinners for the rest of my life. Apparently most ….  Read More

What a Wonderful Week

I see trees of green Red roses too I see them bloom For me and you And I think to myself What a wonderful world Recorded by Louis Armstrong As I think about the week just passed, what comes to mind is the 1967 song written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss and first ….  Read More

A Goal On the Horizon

I posted the following on Social Media yesterday (Sunday, October 11, 2020). I am a believer that anyone like me living with cancer, whether curable or not, brings hope to their life and benefits from setting goals to shoot for. Hope is a source of strength and a foundation on which to build positivity. Will ….  Read More

My Birthday Wish

I am counting down to my 67th Birthday on Sunday October 25th. As a general rule, I’ve never been prone to make a big deal about birthdays, but for this year, I’ve decided I’d like to be more public and ask family and friends for a gift. Don’t panic. I don’t need anything material from ….  Read More

Experience Chemotherapy

Today, September 30th, was my second chemotherapy treatment. Last February, my initial cancer treatment was a combination of radiation every weekday and chemotherapy once a week for a period of five weeks. At that time, I had no idea what to expect and approached both with a “Let’s get ‘er done” mindset but emotionally I ….  Read More