Health knowledge made personal
I am an above knee amputee caused by osteosarcoma 36 years ago in 1973. Three years later the cancer metastasized and 2/5 of my lungs had to be removed. A course of chemotherapy -- only just out in clinical use in 1976 -- is probably why I am still here today. I went on to get a PhD in computer science, to author 2 technical books, to found 6 high tech companies, to ride in the Pan-Masscahusetts Challenge bike-a-thon supporting the Dana-Farber cancer institute 7 times, to swim 16 times from Alcatraz to San Francisco to support Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, and to participate in many other sports and fundraising activities. I write this blog (and my new book Who Says I Can't) to try to share what I learned in 36 years in the hope it accelerates that learning for those in a similar situation and perhaps motivates and inspires those just needing a little lift.