Author Archives: A Dying Atheist

Happy New Year, I guess


Happy New Year! It is January 4 and I’m still here to be writing blogs, so I guess that makes it a happy new year for me. I didn’t plan to stop writing blog entries after the chemo; it just … Continue reading

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Chemo 2: The ReFuckUpening


I had my second dose of chemotherapy on 2014-08-29. The oncologist said that I had a particular bad reaction to the first dose, and one of the things you do for that is to reduce the the concentration of the … Continue reading

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First Chemo


I had my first chemotherapy on July 17. I was planning to write about the bone and CT scans from the week before, treatment options, and another Pearls Before Swine cartoon, but the chemotherapy hit me so hard that I … Continue reading

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Vulcans Do Lie


I’ve always been interested in Vulcans from the original Star Trek. Mr Spock was my hero, because he was always the one who managed to stay focused on what he was trying to do. McCoy was prone to emotional outbursts, … Continue reading

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Cancer Non-Update


The Zytiga does not appear to be working very effectively. My PSA has continued to rise in spite of the new treatment: 2014-03-18 7.8 2014-04-14 9.4 2014-05-12 10.6 2014-06-01 begin Zytiga 2014-06-23 21.5 If you plot those on a graph, … Continue reading

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2014-05-20: everything changes


TL;DR: I had bad news at the oncologist.  A rather simplistic estimate of survival is 1 year > 90%, 1.5 years > 80%, 2 years > 60%, all assuming my insurance covers the new treatment.  As before, there will likely … Continue reading

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Pearls Before Swine – a reflection on life


My favorite comic strip that can actually get printed in a mainstream newspaper is Pearls Before Swine. http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine A little while after I was diagnosed, my wife bought books of all the Pearls Before Swine cartoons. We both find this … Continue reading

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The Heartbleed bug


I first heard about the “Heartbleed” bug from my IT group at work. As usual, the description you get from the media is so watered down as to be useless, but eventually I came across some reasonable explanations. The simplest … Continue reading

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Early clues that I might become an atheist


I did not choose to be an atheist. I looked at loads of religions, and I could not find any others that made sense. It took a while, since my indoctrination into Christianity began when I was so young that … Continue reading

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Metastatic Prostate Cancer Survival


Once I knew that my cancer was invariably fatal, the most pressing question was “How long?”.  I got some averages from the urologist, but those numbers were quite unsatisfying, so I researched a bit and created this graph.

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